On the eve of the Paris air show, Norway's parliament has unanimously approved the purchase of four Lockheed Martin F-35As for training (click here
for the defense ministry announcement in Norwegian, and here
for Bjørnar Bolsøy's story in English on F-16.net
).Photo: Lockheed Martin
A contract is expected to be signed early in 2014, for delivery of the four aircraft in 2016. The Norwegian defense ministry, meanwhile, plans to present the main F-35 purchase for parliamentary approval in 2012, for delivery of the aircraft between 2018 and 2021.
Planning numbers presented to parliament two years ago were based on the purchase and operation of 56 aircraft, to replace Norway's F-16s, but those numbers could change. Lifetime costs will depend on base selection and maintenance concept, which are not yet decided, the ministry says,