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F-35s spark potential military reductions. Experts fear JSF costs could end up sinking considerable parts of Norway’s military budget, leading to across-the-board cuts. “Behind the façade of special forces and international operations lies the threat of bankruptcy. There is no money for training, sailing, and the entire military is undermanned,” Jacob Børresen, defence expert and former Minister of Defence advisor, tells Klassekampen. Military equipment has proven to be expensive for Norway. This includes five new frigates have cost 25 billion kroner with funds to cover operation of just three, six originally five billion MTBs were behind schedule because of technical trouble and modifications, as well as mission costs and extra bombs for Operation Unified Protector.

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F-35s spark potential military reductions

Published on Tuesday, 14th June, 2011 at 15:02 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson   .
Last Updated on 14th June 2011 at 17:26.

Experts fear JSF costs could end up sinking considerable parts of Norway’s military budget, leading to across-the-board cuts.

F-35 in flight
F-35 in flight
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“Behind the façade of special forces and international operations lies the threat of bankruptcy. There is no money for training, sailing, and the entire military is undermanned,” Jacob Børresen, defence expert and former Minister of Defence advisor, tells Klassekampen.

Military equipment has proven to be expensive for Norway. This includes five new frigates have cost 25 billion kroner with funds to cover operation of just three, six originally five billion MTBs were behind schedule because of technical trouble and modifications, as well as mission costs and extra bombs for Operation Unified Protector.

Minister of Defence Grete Faremo has now mentioned 56 new F-35s will cost the country up to 72 billion kroner, with the whole project costing 145 billion including operation over a 30-year period.

Both Mr Børresen and Defence Analyst John Berg believe cuts are inevitable to compensate.

“The military is already cutting to the bone to save money. Further reductions will spread through the entire service leading to extremely grave consequences for many armed branches,” says Mr Berg.

Deputy Minister Roger Ingebrigtsen at the Ministry of Defence denies cuts will be necessary.

“The F-35s are very important for Norway, and we shall be increasing the defence budget to absorb their cost. People tend to see air, sea, and the army as three separate branches, but are really just one. There would be no need for aircraft without an army,” he tells The Foreigner, confirming the overall importance of the military.

“With such great areas of landmass, frigates and the F-35s are the best combination for Norway. The High North’s growing importance also means we need to extend the life by our 50-year-old Ular class submarines with another ten years,” he concludes.

Norway’s 2011 defence budget is close to 40 billion kroner. Today, Opposition MPs gave the government the green light to buy the first four F-35 training aircraft.




Published on Tuesday, 14th June, 2011 at 15:02 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson   .
Last updated on 14th June 2011 at 17:26.

This post has the following tags: f-35, jointstrikefighter, lockheedmartin, rogeringebrigtsen, norwaymilitarydefencecuts.





  
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