Press release | Date: 29/10/2017 | Ministry of Defence| No: 92/2017
The time has come for Norway to receive our first F-35 Lightning II to norway. On the day of the Royal Norwegian Air Force's 73rd anniversary, on November 10th 2017, the F-35 aircraft arrival will be celebrated. The ceremony takes place at Ørland Air Force Station, central Norway.
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The F-35 Joint Strike Fighter is a 5th generation multi-role aircraft. It represents one of our most important procurements to ensure that the Norwegian Armed Forces are strengthened and relevant in the future.
The F-35 represents a new way of thinking, a new way of operating – ways which will benefit the entire Norwegian Armed Forces.
The F-35 remains crucial to the continued modernization of our Armed Forces and our ability to preserve Norwegian and Allied security and interests.
The F-35 provides the Norwegian Armed Forces with a significantly strengthened strategic capability, in terms of sensors, weapons and survivability. This helps ensure that Norway is able to present any future opponent with a credible threshold against military aggression or coercion.
Receiving the first three aircraft at Ørland Air Base in November is a major milestone for Norway, and marks the fact that we are several steps closer to operate what will be a significantly increased operational capability for the future.
Aquiring the F-35 also means important and valuable opportunities for Norwegian industry, as well as the creation of jobs. Our industry continues to compete and deliver solid products. With approximately 8% of the planned 3 200 aircraft produced to date, Norwegian companies have thus far won production-contracts at a value of 3,3 billion NOK.
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