Norway to reduce F-35 order?

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Unread post13 Nov 2017, 18:10

Norway Becomes First Partner Nation to Receive F-35 Mission Data Software File.

Norway became the first foreign nation to receive the delivery of Block 3F mission data from US Air Force’s 53rd Electronic Warfare Group’s Partner Support Complex last week.
“Our software provides the Norwegian F-35 an unprecedented precision attack capability – a crucial element to maintaining peace,” Robert Kraus, F-35 PSC director said in a statement Wednesday.
The delivery of Block 3F mission data is important because it enables the F-35 to accomplish its primary missions of air interdiction, close air support, and suppression and destruction of enemy air defenses.

Mission data files enable the aircraft to know what threats to search for and when, providing the F-35 its means of deciphering the environment.
“Mission data files are essential to the combat capability of the Lightning II,” said Dylan Duplechain, F-35 PSC chief engineer. “They provide the warfighter situational awareness capability and an ability to react to the threat environment.”

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Unread post14 Nov 2017, 16:36

PDF of that Norsk MDF press release above here: http://www.jsf.mil/news/docs/20171113_5 ... Norway.pdf (246Kb)
"...The men and women of the PSC [Partner Support Complex] are charged with programing this essential mission data software for eight F-35 partner nations, to include Norway, Australia, Canada, the United Kingdom, Italy, the Netherlands, Turkey, and Denmark...."
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Unread post14 Nov 2017, 17:02

F-35 arrivals propel Norwegian air force modernization
14 Nov 2017 Craig Hoyle

"The Royal Norwegian Air Force has conducted its first domestic flights with the Lockheed Martin F-35A Lightning II, after a trio of the fifth-generation type touched down at its Ørland air base early this month.... The F-35As had landed at Ørland on 3 November, after a 9h 22min delivery flight from Lockheed's Fort Worth plant in Texas conducted by US pilots....

..."From 2018, Norway will receive six aircraft annually up until, and including, 2024," the nation's defence ministry says. Maj Gen Morten Klever, its F-35 programme director, notes that Oslo's acquisition is "delivering on all key criteria: time, cost and performance"...."



Source: https://www.flightglobal.com/news/artic ... ti-443287/
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Unread post14 Nov 2017, 18:32

krorvik wrote:Also stumbled across this video, english language:

https://www.vgtv.no/video/148842/slik-f ... ssituasjon

Another norwegian paper also states that the first task the F-35 will take is QRA from Evenes.

(https://www.vg.no/nyheter/innenriks/for ... /24178540/)


....my Norwegian is a bit rusty, which RNoAF unit has begun operating the F-35?

Ørland Main Air Station
138 Air Wing
338 Squadron (F-35A, NRF – NATO Reaction Force)

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Unread post14 Nov 2017, 20:07

Former 332 sqn from Bodø was stood down 2 yrs ago, and is now standing up with F-35s @ Ørland.

3T sqn is standing up as a new training sqn @ Ørland.

338 is still an F-16 sqn at Ørland - unsure whether they will convert to F-35s or if they will stand down after F-35 IOC.

Unknown which aircraft are assigned to them at the moment. F-16s have been rotated on squadrons based on availability (they belong to common FLO - defense logistics) - but this might not be necessary for new airframes.
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Unread post15 Nov 2017, 00:07

krorvik wrote:Former 332 sqn from Bodø was stood down 2 yrs ago, and is now standing up with F-35s @ Ørland.
3T sqn is standing up as a new training sqn @ Ørland. ...



....excellent, does the 332 sqn have a link @Orland?
... does the 3T sqn have a link @Orland?


....I have searched with no luck!
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Unread post15 Nov 2017, 20:49

AFAIK, the norwegian air force has little public info on squadrons available.

The best hits google gives are on f-16.net... what I know is to a large extend limited to tu.no, and official articles that pop up in norwegian media at times:

https://www.tu.no/emne/f-35
https://www.tu.no/emne/f-16
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