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World first for the Danish army with two electric planes

The Danish Air Force will be equipped with two small electric planes, the Ministry of Defense announced today, claiming a “world first” and a first step in its efforts to reduce the many emissions of carbon dioxide it causes.

These are two small single-engine aircraft Velis Electro by the Slovenian manufacturer Pipistrel, the only electric aircraft that has been certified, ie that has received a flight license, from the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA), in June 2020.

“As a first step, the capabilities of electric aircraft must be tested during a two-year trial period,” the ministry said in a statement.

The two aircraft, which are expected to be operational in the fall, will replace the Danish Air Force training aircraft, the Swedish Saab MFI-17 Supporter. They are the subject of a lease agreement from the French company Epopée, according to the ministry.

The ministry launched a plan to reduce emissions in late May, as the military currently consumes nearly 42 million liters of fuel a year, emitting nearly 90,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide (CO2).

As with both electric planes, this plan remains essentially symbolic, for example, with the equipping of warships and army buildings with LED lamps, as well as actions in favor of biodiversity in army fields and areas.

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