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Norway Rolls Out First F-35 Fighter

By Juliet Van Wagenen | September 23, 2015
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Norwegian Minister of Defence, Ine Eriksen Søreide, with the Norwegian Armed Force's first F-35A Lightning II, known as AM-1, at the Lockheed Martin F-35 production facility in Fort Worth, Texas
Norwegian Minister of Defence, Ine Eriksen Søreide, with the Norwegian Armed Force's first F-35A Lightning II, known as AM-1, at the Lockheed Martin F-35 production facility in Fort Worth, Texas. Photo: Lockheed Martin

[Avionics Today 09-23-2015] Lockheed Martin rolled out the first F-35A Lightning II for the Norwegian Armed Forces this week. The fifth generation F-35As will transition the Norwegian Armed Forces into a next generation net-centric fighter force and aims to provide the Norwegian industry with high technology work.

Work on the F-35 program has provided the Norwegian industry with more than $450 million in contracts to date, according to a statement by Lockheed Martin, along with opportunities for additional work over the life of the program. 

AM-1 and Norway’s second jet, known as AM-2, are scheduled for delivery to the Royal Norwegian Air Force later this year, and will be based at Luke Air Force Base, Ariz. where they will be used for Norwegian and partner country pilot training.

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