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F-16s cost the military dearly. Billions of kroner wasted annually on outdated fighter jets. The Norwegian military is costing the taxpayer dearly by keeping its 30 year old F16s in service. Over half of Norway’s 57 aircraft are hangared for maintenance, modernisation, or rebuilds on a rolling basis, according to Aftenposten.

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F-16s cost the military dearly

Published on Saturday, 16th January, 2010 at 06:00 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson   .

Billions of kroner wasted annually on outdated fighter jets.

Norwegian F-16 over Keflavik (illustration photo)
Norwegian F-16 over Keflavik (illustration photo)
Photo: 338 Squadron/Norwegian Military


Ongoing costs

The Norwegian military is costing the taxpayer dearly by keeping its 30 year old F16s in service.

Over half of Norway’s 57 aircraft are hangared for maintenance, modernisation, or rebuilds on a rolling basis, according to Aftenposten.

If a several billion kroner bill for these operations alone wasn’t enough, each plane also costs 70,000 kroner per flight hour in upkeep and fuel.

Problems

In addition, there’s a shortage of qualified Norwegian technicians, meaning that specialists have to be imported from the Netherlands.

Parts can also take up to two years to arrive at the air force base in Bodø, where only 10 are available at a time.

Grounded

But the planes are just one item slipping through Bodø’s financial military sieves. The new JSFs have been found to be so noisy during take-off, that the military part of the airport may have to be moved.

And whilst the air force waits for its fifty billion kroner’s worth of JSF/F-35s – scheduled to replace their current fleet in 2020 at the earliest – the daily training sorties continue, as well as the constant battle against leaks, wear and tear, and the threat of the F-16s being grounded permanently.




Published on Saturday, 16th January, 2010 at 06:00 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson   .

This post has the following tags: bodeo, f-16, norwegian, military, norway, air, force, jsf, financial, costs.





  
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