MORE LIGHTNING IIS ARRIVE IN NORWAY

SIX F-35AS NOW AT ØRLAND OPERATING BASE

One of the latest three RNoAF F-35As departs the Lockheed Martin facility in Fort Worth, Texas, before the fight to Ørland. Lockheed Martin/Forsvaret

THE ROYAL NORWEGIAN Air Force (RNoAF) received three additional F-35As when the fighters arrived at Ørland air base on May 22. The arrival brings the total number of fighters at the base to six. Since the first three F-35As arrived in November 2017, the air arm has been carrying out operational testing and evaluation of the F-35 in Norwegian conditions. Under current plans it will achieve initial operational capability (IOC) in 2021 and the RNoAF will accept six additional Lightning IIs annually through 2024. Tom Kaminski

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