In March, Norway will solve missions in the international operation Iceland Air Policing (IAP) with the F-35. This is the first foreign mission for the 332 squadron after F-35 reached initial operational capability (IOC) in November 2019.

The NATO-country Iceland does not have its own defense and no capacity to meet the country's need for sovereignty and surveillance. Therefore NATO has periodic air defense presence on Iceland.

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The mission NATO conducts in Iceland is a peacetime mission, which is specific and unique to Iceland.  Given its unique geographical location, Allies, in conjunction with the Icelandic authorities, have agreed that the appropriate response is to maintain a periodic presence of NATO fighter aircraft based at Keflavik to help keep Icelandic airspace safe and secure.  The focus of the "peacetime preparedness mission” is to establish air surveillance and interception coverage over Iceland in order to maintain the integrity of the NATO airspace.

Norway carries out the QRA-mission on a daily basis. We have two F-16s on a 15 minutes standby in Bodø at all times. The mission is therefore well-known for Norway. The Norwegian Air Force has also solved other Air Policing missions before, in Lithuania and several times on Iceland. Both of these missions have been solved with the F-16. Now the F-35 will take over.

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Watch the arrival of the first time the Royal Norwegian Air Force has deployed their F-35's to an international operation: