Norway delays F-35 purchase
The proposed purchase of F-35A Lightning IIs for Norway is to be “adjusted”.
Gary Parsons - 29-Sep-2010
September 29: Norwegian defence minister Grete Faremo has informed the Norwegian parliament that the proposed programme for the purchase of F-35A Lightning IIs to replace its fleet of F-16s is to be “adjusted”.
Due to the programme’s importance to Norwegian industry with up to $5 billion (29 billion NOK) in offset, the country remains committed to F-35, said Faremo. As a result of the programme adjustment, the first operational aircraft will arrive two years later than planned in 2018 with four training aircraft bought in 2016. The operating base has yet to be chosen but a decision will be made in 2011.
“We confirm Norway's role as a serious and credible partner in the F-35 programme,” he added.
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