Today, Norwegian F-35s and F-16s trained together with US B-52 Stratofortress in international airspace just outside Finnmark, in Northern Norway.
The US Airforce has for some time now, had regular exercises in Europe with some of their capacities. Earlier this year, the Royal Norwegian Air Force conducted several joint exercises both over Iceland and Norway with the F-35s and F-16s.
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Norway is an arctic nation with big sea- and land areas. Being present in northern parts of Norway, and having joint exercises with our allies is strategically important.
“US is our closest ally. This deployment demonstrates US commitment to the defence of Europe. US forces need to conduct exercises in Europe with its allies to be able to defend Allied territories, including our national area of responsibility. Through this kind of integrated training between close allies, both our forces increase our ability to operate together seamlessly, says Chief of Defence, Haakon Bruun-Hansen.
B-52 Stratofortress is one of the US's strategic bomber-aircraft fleet, as well as B1- Lancer and B-2 Spirit.
Just last week, Norway got three new F-35, and has now received almost half of the planned fleet. In total Norway now has 25 of 52 F-35s. The plan is that Norway will be fully operational with the F-35s in 2025.
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