The Royal Norwegian Air Force provides units and personnel for operations both in peacetime, crisis and war – in Norway and abroad.
The Air Force also ensures that forces are at constant readiness for aerial surveillance, the exercise of authority and the upholding of national sovereignty. The Air Force also operates Norway's search and rescue helicopters.
The Chief of the Air Force, supported by the Air Staff, is responsible for force production and is based at Rygge, Southeastern Norway. The current Chief is Major General Tonje Skinnarland.
Norway has chosen the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter as its new combat aircraft, and the first F-35s will land in Norway late 2017. The new fleet of combat aircraft will define and shape the whole Air Force structure in the years to come. The decision to procure the F-35 is the most important driver in the structuring of Norway's future air defence, especially when it comes to the necessary changes in base and support structure to be implemented in the coming years.
- 57 F-16 combat aircraft
- 12 Sea King helicopters for search and rescue (SAR)
- 2 P-3N and 4 P-3C Orion maritime patrol aircraft
- 4 C-130 J Hercules tactical transport aircraft
NH90 helicopters for maritime operations (currently being phased in)
18 Bell 412 SP tactical transport helicopters
- 3 DA-20 Jet Falcon for electronic operations and VIP transport
- 16 Saab Safari training aircraft
- 1 NASAMS II air defence unit
- 1 base set with ordnance disposal, rescue units, NBC, medical, guard and security units, dog unit and communications
- 2 monitoring and warning stations for airspace surveillance and command and control
Force producing units
- Ørland Air Station (the main hub for Norway's F-35)
- Other air stations: Andøya, Bardufoss, Gardermoen, and Rygge.
- Air Force Base Bodø
- Station Group Sola and Banak
- The search and rescue service operates from Banak, Bodø, Rygge, Sola, Ørland and the civil airport at Florø
- Air Defence Control and Reporting Centre (CRC): Sørreisa, Northern Norway. Also has an education and training centre
- Air Force Operations Inspectorate, Rygge
- Air Force Training Inspectorate, Rygge
- Air Force Academy, Trondheim
- Air Force Flying School, Bardufoss
- Air Force Education Centre (Officer Candidate School and Technical School), Kjevik
- Basic Training Establishment KNM Harald Haarfagre, Madla, Stavanger