Three additional F-35s for Norwegian Air Force

On May 22, Norway took delivery of three new F-35 jet fighters at Ordland Air Base. The arrival of the fighters brings the total number of F-35s housed in-country for the Royal Norwegian Air Force up to six following initial delivery of the first three aircraft in November 2017. Another seven are stationed in the United States at Luke Air Force Base in Arizona where they are used for training and pilot/crew familiarity education.

Three additional F 35s for Norwegian Air Force Norway plans to take delivery of six F-35s each year through 2024 (Picture source: Luke AF Mil)

Norway plans to take delivery of six F-35s each year through 2024. By 2019 it expects that the Air Force will have reached Initial Operational Capability (IOC) on the platform with Full Operational Capability (FOC) reached by 2025. By then all 52 F-35s ordered by Norway will have been delivered (48 being series-production models) and infrastructure for supporting the fleet already in place.

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