The new fighters are comingThe new fighters are cominghttp://forsvaret.no/media/Lists/YouTubeVideoList/DispForm.aspx?ID=113https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AdvkGB8jXZcOn Tuesday 22 September, Norway receives its first F-35 fighter. Watch the F-35 here.

The future is in the air

On Tuesday 22 September, the first Norwegian F-35 was ready. The new multirole fighters will take the Norwegian Armed Forces into a new era.

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​The wait is over. In autumn 2015, the first Norwegian F-35s are ready to hit the sky. The new fighters will improve the overall quality of the Norwegian Armed Forces, and they will make Norway safer.

Faster and better​

Improved sensors and new hypermodern systems will let us monitor Norway's vast land and sea territories even faster and more efficiently. The new fighters will also give us a better understanding of th​​e current situation. This will make it easier for the Armed Forces to assert Norway's sovereignty and to safeguard our political interests. 

Several of our key allies and partners have also bou​ght the F-35. A joint system of fighters will make multinational air operations and other military cooperation more seamless and efficient in the future. 

The history​​

In 2008, the Norwegian government chose the F-35A as Norway's new fighter. The American company Lockheed Martin produces the fighter, but an international development programme has developed much of the technology. Norway has been a member of this programme since 2002. 

​Norway plans to buy 52 new fighters, and as of 2015, Parliament has given authorisation to buy 22 of them. ​

Norway's F-35s will be equipped with the Norwegian-developed Joint Strike Missile. This is an air-launched version of the Norwegian Naval Strike Missile. The missile will be designed to fit the F-35's internal bay and to attack sea and land based targets, and with an improved range. The missile is developed through a partnership between Kongsberg Defence & Aerospace and the Norwegian Armed Forces.​

The construction​

The construction of the first Norwegian fighter, named AM-1, started in September 2013. On 9 April 2015, the AM-1 stood on its wheels for the first time. The construction of Norway's second jet, the AM-2, started in October 2013.

The AM-1 was rolled out on Tuesday 22 September, while the AM-2 will be delivered during autumn. The next two fighters will be delivered in 2016. AM-1 to AM-4 will all be stationed at Luke Air Force Base in Phoenix, Arizona. This is where Norwegian fighter pilots are educated, and the jets will be used for training.

The future​

The first F-35s arrive in Norway in 2017. The jets will be based at Ørland Main Air Station in Central Norway. There will be a forward operation base at Evenes Airport in Northern Norway. ​

According to plan, six new fighters will be delivered to Norway annually from 2017 to 2024. The first Norwegian F-35s will start operating in 2019, and in 2025 the complete Norwegian F-35 fleet will be operating on a full scale. ​

 

 

AM-1 Move from EMAS to Soft StationAM-1 Move from EMAS to Soft Stationhttp://forsvaret.no/media/PubImages/17167051055_a303228fae_o.jpghttp://forsvaret.no/media/PubImages/Forms/DispForm.aspx?ID=3773April 2015: AM-1 blei løfta ut av monteringsdokken 9. april 2015. Sidan fekk det montert på sensorar, motor og andre system før «coatingen» på skroget blei lagd på. Foto: Lockheed MartinApril 2015: AM-1 stands with weight on wheels for the first time, a significant milestone for the jet as it moves down the production line at Lockheed Martin's mile-long assembly plant in Fort Worth in Texas.
Move of AN-1 from final assembly to the AFF buildingMove of AN-1 from final assembly to the AFF buildinghttp://forsvaret.no/media/PubImages/20892221225_dce5af571a_o.jpghttp://forsvaret.no/media/PubImages/Forms/DispForm.aspx?ID=3775August 2015: Her blir flyet køyrt ut frå fabrikken i Fort Worth i Texas. No skal det over i ein målehall for siste strøk. Foto: Lockheed MartinAugust 2015: The fighter is transported out from the plant and over to the final finishing facility at Fort Worth in Texas. Photo by Lockheed Martin
Move of AN-1 from final assembly to the AFF buildingMove of AN-1 from final assembly to the AFF buildinghttp://forsvaret.no/media/PubImages/20704166570_6586f9ba68_o.jpghttp://forsvaret.no/media/PubImages/Forms/DispForm.aspx?ID=3774August 2015: AM-1 blei flytta frå fabrikken og over i ein målehall kor det skal få på det ytre dekket på skroget. Foto: Lockheed MartinAugust 2015: Norway's first F-35 was moved from the final assembly to the final finishing facility at Fort Worth on 19 August. Photo by Lockheed Martin
Forsvarets nye kampflyForsvarets nye kampflyhttp://forsvaret.no/media/PubImages/11J00202_154.jpghttp://forsvaret.no/media/PubImages/Forms/DispForm.aspx?ID=183The F-35 is Norway's new multirole fighter jet. Photo by Darin Russell, Lockheed Martin
Lockheed Martin, F-35, JSF, 461st FLTS, F-35 ITF, Edwards AFB, AF-2 Flight 183, Test 303, Abrupt Pull High-Low Fast-Slow over sea test range, Doc Nelson, Ops #8775-1, Various Country Flags in cockpit with full sun on them,Lockheed Martin, F-35, JSF, 461st FLTS, F-35 ITF, Edwards AFB, AF-2 Flight 183, Test 303, Abrupt Pull High-Low Fast-Slow over sea test range, Doc Nelson, Ops #8775-1, Various Country Flags in cockpit with full sun on them,http://forsvaret.no/media/PubImages/12J00007_016.jpghttp://forsvaret.no/media/PubImages/Forms/DispForm.aspx?ID=184Flyene er av laget av amerikanske Lockheed Martin.The American company Lockheed Martin builds the F-35s. Photo: Paul Weatherman, Lockheed Martin
F-35 Lighting II på Edwards Air Force Base i California, USAF-35 Lighting II at Edwards Air Force Base in California, USAF-35 Lighting II på Edwards Air Force Base i California, USAF-35 Lighting II at Edwards Air Force Base in California, USAhttp://forsvaret.no/media/PubImages/tkf35BL9C4616.jpghttp://forsvaret.no/media/PubImages/Forms/DispForm.aspx?ID=3771F-35 Lighting II, her parkert i Edwards Air Force Base i California. Foto: Torbjørn Kjosvold, Forsvarets mediesenterF-35 Lighting II, here parked at Edwards Air Force Base in California. Photo by Torbjørn Kjosvold, Norwegian Armed Forces

Published 17 September 2015 14:49. by Anders Fjellestad, the Armed Forces Media Centre. Last updated 28 June 2016 10:57.