The Royal Norwegian Air Force has successfully completed a verification test of the drag chute system for the F-35A Lightning II fighter aircraft at the country’s Ørland Air Force Base (AFB).
The chute is integrated on to the jet under a small fairing on the upper rear fuselage between the vertical tails.
Once added to the airforce’s fleet of F-35 fighter jets, the chute will help to rapidly slow down the aircraft speed after landing on Norway’s icy runways under harsh wind conditions.
In a statement, Norwegian Ministry of Defence F-35 Programme programme director major general Morten Klever said: “Receiving the first three aircraft in November 2017 was a major milestone for Norway.”
“The programme delivers on all key criteria: time, cost and performance.
“Through the verification of the production version of the drag chute on our production model of the F-35, the weapons system is expected to fully qualify for arctic conditions this spring.”
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With the successful verification of the drag chute system, other countries are expected to adopt the system.
In November last year, the Royal Norwegian Air Force received three F-35 aircraft.
From this year, the country is expected to receive six aircraft every year up until, and including, 2024.
Developed by Lockheed Martin, F-35 Lightning II is a fifth-generation fighter jet that combines advanced stealth with fighter speed and agility.