May 8, 2006 (by Morten Lamoey) - The Norwegian government continues the Norwegian participation in the JFS project. The decision comes after an improved offer from Lockheed martin on industrial participation.
RNoAF F-16B block 15 #693 lands at Leknes Airport (68 deg 5 min north) using drag its chute in 1984/5. This was part of an exercise using one of Norway’s many rural runways if the home base should be out of commission. The runway is only 800 meters, but that was not a problem using the chutes.
"I am pleased that we have been successful in improving the opportunities for Norwegian industry if we choose to go for the JSF
" Minister of Defense Anne-Grete StrÃ¸m-Ericsen stated.
But the minister emphasizes that no decision has yet been made on which fighter plane Norway
eventually will select.
The decision to continue the co-operation came after L-M offered an improved work share package for Norwegian Industry. How much Norway makes on the deal will be an important factor when the final selection for the next fighter plane is made. So far opportunities for the Norwegian industry in the order for NOK 20 billions have been identified.
The Minister of Defense further states: "This work was done in co-operation with the Ministry of Trade, and is a good example on active Norwegian industrial politics."
Norway had to pay a further NOK 114 million (+/- USD 18.5 million) to continue the participate in the JSF project. Norway has so far spent NOK 429 million (+/- USD 70 million) on the project.