The Norwegian Defence Materiel Agency (NDMA) accepted the first of five Boeing P-8A Poseidon maritime patrol aircraft on November 18.
Provided the name, Vingtor, Norway's first P-8A was delivered to the NDMA during a ceremony at the Museum of Flight in Seattle, Washington. The delivery comes four years after the NDMA signed an agreement with the US Navy for the maritime patrol aircraft, and comes two years prior to the P-8A taking over maritime patrol operations in Norway's high North.
The five P-8As will be operated by 333 Squadron of the Royal Norwegian Air Force (RNoAF) at Evenes Air Station, Nordland County, and are to replace the fleet of six P-3 Orions and two DA-20 Jet Falcons currently responsible for maritime patrol.
Norway's four remaining Poseidons are in advanced stages of production and are scheduled to be handed over to the NDMA in 2022. Norwegian companies Nammo, Kongsberg Defence & Aerospace, Andoya Space and Berget all have agreements with Boeing throughout the industrial cooperation plan related to Norway's procurement of five P-8As.
Mette Sørfonden, director general of the Norwegian Defence Materiel Agency, said: “Norway is responsible for large maritime areas in a strategically important part of the world, and the new P-8A Poseidon will represent a tremendous improvement in our ability to both protect our sovereignty and understand developments in these areas.
Today's delivery of our first P-8A is an important milestone in the modernization of Norway’s maritime patrol aircraft capability. I am very pleased that the NDMA will soon be able to provide the Norwegian Armed Forces with a whole new generation of aircraft that will play an important role in preserving our national security for many years to come.”