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"We think that we are going to pay close to what we said we would in 2008," Ingebrigsten told Reuters by telephone after returning from his U.S. visit. "The main approach will be the same as it has been since 2008." He declined to provide details ahead of the Norwegian government's submission to parliament in two weeks. Previous plans called for Norway to buy 56 aircraft for 61 billion Norwegian crown ($10.89 billion), in undiscounted 2011 crowns, or 72 billion crowns when a greater contingency is counted.
A bigger potential problem was raised by Lt Gen Raymond Johns, USAF deputy chief of staff for strategic plans and programs: the USAF won't be able to afford its planned 110 JSFs a year under its projected total obligational authority (TOA). F-16s, he said, "will be coming out of the force at a rate of 100 a year from 2014. With our TOA, we can buy 48 JSFs per year, and the fighter force declines to 1400 aircraft."
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