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PICTURES: Why Norway wants the Joint Strike Missile

Remember the fuss that Norway made about not committing to buying Lockheed Martin’s F-35 until it got a promise to have Kongsberg’s Joint Strike Missile (JSM) integrated for anti-ship and land attack missions? Well, new images released by the nation’s defence ministry today provide a hint at why its was so insistent. The ship-launched Naval Strike […]

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VIDEO: Up close and personal with Norwegian F-16s

Our friends at the Norwegian MoD sent us this link to a recent video showing cold-weather ops at Orland air base, involving six Lockheed Martin F-16 fighters from the air force’s 338 Sqn. I’m told that the caption asks whether you’ve ever wondered what it’s like to stand 10m away from an F-16 on take-off, so if […]

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Why Norway wants the F-35

The Norwegian defence ministry is making a hard push to drive through its planned NKr60 billion ($10.5 billion) purchase of 52 Lockheed Martin F-35As, including four training examples. The proposed buy forms the centrepiece of Oslo’s new defence White Paper, which sets out its priorities for the period 2013 to 2016. While others (read Australia, […]

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Saab’s F-35 rebuttal to Norway

Three weeks after Norway’s ministry of defense shocked Saab by selecting the F-35 over the Gripen NG one month ahead of schedule, the Swedish manufacturer has issued a rebuttal.Here are some highlights: The claim that Gripen does not fulfil the operationalrequirements … turns out to be founded on simulations previously unknown to us.To our understanding […]

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Gone fishing in Norway

Norway’s surprise decision last week to support the Lockheed Martin F-35 was based largely on an analysis by the Norwegian Defense Research Establishment. Among other things, its computer simulations found the F-35 superior to the Gripen NG in dogfights against the SU-30.  So I called Oslo this morning to ask for an interview with the […]

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Norway says ‘no’ to Gripen

Well, so much for the F-35′s supposed vulnerability in Northern Europe: Norway backs JSF selection, rejects Gripen NG By Craig Hoyle Norway has rejected an offer to acquire Saab’s GripenNG combat aircraft, with its government instead recommending that thenation maintain its commitment to purchase Lockheed Martin’s F-35 Joint Strike Fighter as a replacement for its Lockheed […]

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