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Norway Reaffirms Its Purchase of the F-35 But Looks to Spread Out Cost of Aircraft
Ottowa Citizen ^ | 3/23/2012 | Defense Watch

Posted on 03/24/2012 7:47:48 PM PDT by U-238

This is from Norway’s Ministry of Defence, followed with a statement from Lockheed Martin:

On Friday the 23rd of March, 2012, the Norwegian Ministry of Defence released the new White Paper for the Norwegian Defence Sector. The paper builds on the significant improvements made over the course of the previous years while ensuring that the Norwegian Armed Forces remain capable of meeting both current and future operational requirements.

The plan covers the four-year period from 2013-1016. During the course of this plan, Norway’s defence budget, already among the highest in Europe pr. capita, projects a real-term increase of 7%. This is the beginning of a temporary strengthening of the defence budget dedicated to the purchase of Norway’s new fleet of F-35 combat aircraft. In addition, resources that will be freed up from NATOs gradual draw-down in Afghanistan towards 2014 will be reallocated internally in the defence sector, primarily to cover the strengthening of the Army and the Home Guard.

Improved Operational Capability
The previous paper led to significant enhancements in the operational capabilities of the Norwegian Armed Forces. This development is slated to continue, with the introduction into service of the Naval Strike Missile, the NH 90 Maritime Helicopter and additional numbers of enlisted personnel. Along with further structural enhancements, both in the Army, the Home Guard and the Air Force, this will continue to develop the capabilities of the Norwegian Armed Forces as a whole. “The previous paper gave us a solid foundation to build on with a Force that finally is in balance” says Norwegian Minister of Defence, Espen Barth Eide. “We can now make changes to our structure because it is the smart thing to do, and not because we are forced to do so.”

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TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: aerospace; f35; norway; norwegianairforce

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