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The head of the Norwegian armed forces have recommended that all the F-35 acquired by Norway will be located at a base in southern Norway; hence the cost of integrating the drag chute, used while operating in winter or arctic conditions, may not be needed. The main reasoning is financial, need to defend oil fields in the North Sea and availability for NATO operations elsewhere in the world. The signal he is sending is that northern Norway is not worth defending. What he fails to mention, or realize, is that the majority of the North Sea oil fields are maturing fast, while all the new, worthwhile fields are found in mid to northern waters, and not to mention a common border with Russia in the north. And then there is the increased discussion between Russia, Canada, USA, Denmark and Norway about who will rule in the arctic waters.
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