Dec 18, 2013
Norway approves next round of F-35 acquisition
Norway's parliament authorised the latest tranche of spending on its acquisition of 52 Lockheed Martin F-35, approving funding for the next batch of six aircraft.
Oslo's spending plan includes NKr4 billion to acquire six conventional take-off and landing F-35As for delivery to the Royal Norwegian Air Force in 2018. The remaining NKr1.9 billion will cover the purchase of four simulators, armour-piercing ammunition from Norway-based Nammo for test and integration work on the aircraft, Raytheon AIM-9X Sidewinder air-to-air missiles and the first package of deployable spares for the JSF.
Norway had already committed to ordering its first 10 F-35As, including four examples for pilot training which will be based in the USA, to start replacing its in-service fleet of Lockheed F-16AM fighters.