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Norway to own first F-35s by 2014. The Government plans to purchase four F-35 fighter jets for training purposes, Defense Minister Grete Faremo announced at the weekend’s Labor National Party Congress. According to the minister, the purchase, which is subject to Parliamentary and Governmental approval, is a historic moment for Norway.   “Acquisition of the four planes is an important step to maintain a satisfactory operational combat aircraft capacity in the transition phase between the F-16 and F-35,” Minister Faremo said in a press release.

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Norway to own first F-35s by 2014

Published on Monday, 11th April, 2011 at 16:33 under the news category, by Ramona Tancau.

The Government plans to purchase four F-35 fighter jets for training purposes, Defense Minister Grete Faremo announced at the weekend’s Labor National Party Congress.

F-35 in flight
F-35 in flight
Photo: Lockheed Martin/Flickr


According to the minister, the purchase, which is subject to Parliamentary and Governmental approval, is a historic moment for Norway.  

“Acquisition of the four planes is an important step to maintain a satisfactory operational combat aircraft capacity in the transition phase between the F-16 and F-35,” Minister Faremo said in a press release.

The four jets, costing 4.8 billion kroner, are expected to be delivered by 2016, and will be used by pilots for training to ensure a smooth transition from F-16 to F-35.

However, the ride has been anything but smooth so far. Transactions between manufacturers Lockheed Martin and the Norwegian Government have attracted controversy.

Lockheed Martin produces cluster munitions, a ban on which has also been signed by Norway.  This caused the Oil Fund (Government Pension Fund- Global) to withdraw its stake in the company, but only for ethical reasons. Nevertheless, the government maintained buying a different product from the same manufacturer did not violate the International Convention on Cluster Munitions.

Moreover, WikiLeaks released a cable last year suggesting that Norway allegedly chose Lockheed Martin’s F-35 over the Swedish Saab Gripen jets under sustained pressure from the US Government.

There have also been repeated production hold-ups, with further delays possible. Last month, the Pentagon Joint Strike Fighter program suspended test-flights for a week after one aircraft suffered an in-flight generator failure and oil leak, the Star Telegram reports.

Despite warnings of price rises from the manufacturer, Minister Faremo estimates the final bill for 56 planes will have increased by an “incremental” 2.5 percent from the initial sum allocated for renewing Norwegian combat airplanes. One billion kroner will be added to the 42 billion presented in the previous parliamentary review.

The remaining 52 jets will be purchased from 2018.




Published on Monday, 11th April, 2011 at 16:33 under the news category, by Ramona Tancau.

This post has the following tags: gretefaremo, lockheedmartinf-35, pentagonjointstrikefighterprogram.





  
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