The Norwegian Defence Ministry is planning to procure four F-35 training aircraft and could soon submit its proposals to parliament.

The procurement is in line with the government’s earlier decision and the information provided in the 2011 budget bill.

The aircraft will be used for education and training of Norwegian fighter pilots fighting in the US.

The main delivery of actual combat aircraft is scheduled for 2018, however, the trainer will be delivered in 2016.

Norwegian Defence Minister Grete Faremo said the purchase of the planes would maintain an operational combat aircraft capacity in the transition phase between the F-16 and F-35.

The total acquisition cost for Norway’s F-35 fighter jets, including logistical support and operations, is estimated at Nkr4.8bn ($890m).

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