A batch of three F-35A Lightning II multirole fighter aircraft landed in Norway on Sunday evening. They flew into the Ørland Air Base of the Luftforsvaret (Royal Norwegian Air Force) from Fort Worth in Texas. New aircraft were received by 332nd Squadron’s commander, Lieutenant Colonel Tron Strand and commander of the 132nd Air Wing, Colonel Øivind Gunnerud.
‘It is always great to receive new aircraft. That we get more planes means that we get the opportunity to fly more in Norway and that we can continue the necessary increase in the number of people working with the weapons system - pilots, operational support personnel and technical personnel. We are already focusing on training towards full operational capability in 2025, and on the way there we have a number of sub-goals that require the supply of new aircraft to go as planned.’ said Lieutenant Colonel Strand.
With delivery of three more F-35s the number of these aircraft in Luftforsvaret’s fleet grew to 28, with 7 stationed at Luke Air Force Base in Arizona, where they serve for training of pilots and maintenance personnel.
According to the Norwegian MoD, 'the F-35 will carry out operations with Norwegian and allied forces both on land, at sea and in the air. With its capabilities, the F-35 will help to carry out military operations faster, more efficiently and with greater security for its own forces. In the period up to 2025, F-35 teams will focus on joint training and integration with both its own and allied forces.'