Receive our newsletter – data, insights and analysis delivered to you
  1. Market Data
April 29, 2013

Norway submits request for acquisition of six operational F-35 aircraft

The Norwegian government has submitted a formal request to Parliament seeking permission for the procurement of operational F-35 Lightning II joint strike fighter (JSF) aircraft, the country's defence minister Anne-Grete Strøm-Erichsen has revealed.

Erichsen

The Norwegian government has submitted a formal request to Parliament seeking permission for the procurement of operational F-35 Lightning II joint strike fighter (JSF) aircraft, the country’s defence minister Anne-Grete Strøm-Erichsen has revealed.

Valued at NOK12.9bn ($2.18bn), the request includes acquisition of six aircraft along with a broad range of additional equipment and services, including integration work, training and simulators, training and simulators.

Erichsen said the request demonstrates the country’s ability to advance with F-35 procurement plans for replacement of its F-16 fleet from around 2020, which will eventually enhance the armed forces’ ability to address evolving challenges in future.

”It is important to note that even though we are announcing this plan now, the procurement of aircraft is still subject to annual approvals by the Norwegian parliament,” Erichsen added.

Requesting annual aircraft deliveries from 2017 to 2024, the plan accelerates Norway’s initial purchase by one year, but extends the overall timeframe for the acquisition of all 52 aircraft from four years to eight years.

An initial batch of four F-35A conventional take-off and landing (CTOL) aircraft ordered by the country for training of Norwegian personnel in the US, is scheduled to be delivered in two lots in 2015 and 2016 respectively.

Content from our partners
Bespoke harsh environment connector solutions set Omnetics apart from competitors
Growing opportunities for Unmanned Aerial Systems
Keeping the defence world connected with Smiths Interconnect

The request also calls for NOK3bn ($507.2m) of funding for uncertainty allowances.

Norway has also received assurances regarding the integration of the JSM missile in to the F-35 fighter during the development cycle during the recent Joint Executive Steering Board meeting of the JSF-programme.

”This is important to us mainly from an operational point of view – we need the JSM to fulfill our operational requirements,” Erichsen stressed.

Currently under production with Lockheed Martin, the F-35 Lightning II is designed to conduct ground attack, reconnaissance, and air defence missions with stealth capability.


Image: Norwegian defence minister Anne-Grete Strøm-Erichsen announcing the Government’s intention to acquire six F-35 fighters at the Gardermoen Aircraft Collection in Norway. Photo: Courtesy of Forsvarsdepartementet.

Defence Technology

Related Companies

NEWSLETTER Sign up Tick the boxes of the newsletters you would like to receive. The top stories of the day delivered to you every weekday. A weekly roundup of the latest news and analysis, sent every Monday. The defence industry's most comprehensive news and information delivered every month.
I consent to GlobalData UK Limited collecting my details provided via this form in accordance with the Privacy Policy
SUBSCRIBED

THANK YOU