Norway has received delivery of first two of 22 Lockheed Martin’s F-35 fighter jets.
The first batch of F-35s is set to be delivered in 2017, with possible deployments set for 2019. Norway is planning to acquire upto 52 F-35As by 2025.
"The Norweigian acquisition of the F-35 is progressing on schedule. In total we now have ten aircraft in various stages of production, and the price for the two aircraft delviered in 2015 has proven to be in line with our earlier estimates," Norwegian Defense Minister Ms Eriksen Soreide said in a statement.
The F-35 is expected to replace Norway's current fleet of F-16 fighters from the 1980s.
Northrop Grumman has signed a long-term agreement with Norway-based Kitron AS to supply subassembly electronic modules for F-35 Lightning II aircraft avionics. The agreement is effective through June 30, 2036, and includes rights for future extensions
Norway and Australia have signed a deal to develop a Radio Frequency (RF)-seeking capability for the Joint Strike Missile (JSM), which is planned to be integrated onto Norway's F-35. Under the agreement signed on September 15, Australia will finance part of the development of the new seeker capability
Norway in a bid to withstand ‘Russian threat has vowed to increase its military spending by about half a billion US dollars and increased exports to US by $10 million to be used in conflict zones. “Norway would spend $477 million on building the nations first anti-aircraft battery and modernizing its squadron of German Leopard 2 tanks amongst other defense projects,” Defense Minister Ine Eriksen Soreide was quoted as saying by Sputnik on 29 April 2015
The Royal Norwegian Air Force has taken delivery of the first three F-35 Lightning II aircraft on November 3, for the deployment at Ørland Air Base. “Receiving the first three aircraft is a major milestone for Norway
Norway has set up a defense equipment agency responsible for acquisition and production in the sector. “Forsvarsmateriells foremost mission is to support the Armed Forces and the country's defense capability
Norway may reduce its F-35 order by ten aircraft due to budgetary constraints, Norweigian broadcaster NRK reported on Wednesday. The US dollars strong appreciation against the Euro and other European currencies is said to be the reason for Norways budgetary overshoot
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