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Luftforsvaret / Royal Norwegian Air Force

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Active, 000 9.1 - 5.0 - - - - - - -
Reserve, 000 28 - 25 - - - - - - -
FIXED WING AIRCRAFT - - - - - - - - - -
F-35 JSF - - - - - - - 5 56 56
F-16 Falcon - - - 57 - - - - - -
P-8 Poseidon - - - - - - - - 5 5
P-3 Orion - - - 6 - - - - - -
C-130 Hercules - - - 6 - - - - - -
DA-20 Jet Falcon - - - 3 - - - - -
Saab Safari - - - 15 - - - - - -
HELICOPTERS - - - - - - - - - -
Sea King - - - 12 - - - - - -
Lynx - - - 6 - - - - - -
Bell 412 - - - 18 - - - - - -
AIR DEFENSE - - - - - - - - - -
NASAMS - - - - - - - - -

Since 1980, Norway has purchased and operated a total of 74 Lockheed Martin F-16 fighters. F-16 is a compact multi-role combat aircraft. It is very maneuverable and has proven its qualities in both air-to-ground role and in air-to-air role. The MLU - Mid Life Update M1 began planning and design in the early 1990's the of midlife update.The project is cooperation between Belgium, Denmark, Netherlands, Norway and the USA. The update includes both structural (hardware) and software (software). Structure and update includes enhancements in the main hull, better utilization of the attachment points for weapons systems, improvements to the flight's workplace (cockpit) and the introduction of new weapons and support systems. After MLU update was completed in 2002, the F-16 gone through several updates, named M1, M2 and so on. From 2004, the update of Norway's F-16 from M2 to M3 version. This work was carried forward to 2009 with about 12 aircraft per year to date. The main elements of the F-16 MLU M3 update is that the planes have Link-16, Helmet AIM and ability to carry advanced precision weapons. M4 update was conducted in autumn 2006. The update consists of new software for the aircraft, consisting primarily of the ability to use the IRIS-T, a highly sophisticated short range missile used in conjunction with a helmet sight that came with the M3 upgrade. The F-16 MLU M5 is the latest update in the series. Den planlegges innført fra 2009. The plan was introduced as from 2009. It further update program was determined on an ongoing basis, and will partly depend on the timing of the introduction of new combat aircraft.

As of 2010, as a result of ongoing updates, including within the hull and structure of living Air Force F-16 very much alive and is a very advanced combat aircraft sought after in international operations. Norwegian F-16 has participated in Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan and that the spring of 2006 was stationed in Kabul as part of the ISAF force in the area. That same year, conducted a NATO operational evaluation of the Norwegian Emergency Force (HRF), with very good results. Norwegian M3-date aircraft participated in Exercise 'Red Flag' in the Nevada desert, an exercise that is so extensive that it is the closest to real advanced conventional warfare today. Norwegian F-16 pilots at Red Flag received rave reviews, a good sign for the Air Force.

The P-3 Orion is a long-range maritime Multipurpose that can be equipped with, among others, torpedoes and depth charges. Orion's primary roles in the crisis / war is Anti-Submarine Warfare (Anti Submarine Warfare - ASW) and Anti-surface warfare (ASuW). In peacetime aircraft operated mainly within the intelligence and surveillance. The Norwegian Orion fleet consists of six aircraft. 4 P-3 C Orion UIP, 4 P-3 C Orion UIP and 2 P-3 N. All four P-3C have undergone a so-called Update Improvement Program (UIP). These machines are also under constant development in order to facilitate aircraft capabilities for today's actual needs. P-3 C UIP is mainly used for operational cruise, while the P-3 N machines are mainly used for training and transport. Outside, only those who know the machine can see the difference. Inside, there are significant other differences. The plane is equipped with a self-protection system that alerts both heat-seeking and radar-increasing missiles, using chaff and flares in combating these. Chaffe prevent enemy planes from getting locked their weapons on the flight computer. Flares give off intense energy in the form of light / heat. This makes the missiles that search for targets by using a so-called infrared search head derived from the plane and to the burners. Protective equipment increases the safety of flight crews during flight in areas with a ground to air threat.

Air Force purchased in December 1972 two used Fan Jet Falcon aircraft from Fred Olsen Air Transport A / S, with serial number 041 and 053. These aircraft were completed at the Dassault plant in Bordeaux, France in 1966, and was used as demonstrasjonsfly trainer of Air France, before Fred Olsen Air Transport bought them in 1969. In 1976, both these machines fully upgraded and equipped in the United States to perform their new roles to interfere and block enemy radar and radio. Aircraft are also used to control flight of navigation and approach aids, and self-training to keep flying operational personnel. In 1979 the Air Force received a third flying machine (serial number 0125). This is used for calibration purposes, in addition to the VIP transport of the royal family, government and defense chief.

Operation area for the Norwegian C-130 aircraft includes the Norwegian mainland, Jan Mayen, Svalbard, the rest of Europe, USA, Middle East and anywhere Norway contributes to international forces. The Hercules which was operated by the Air Force was produced in 1968 and had the designation C-130 E / H. The aircraft had since undergone modifications acquisition programs in the 1970s and 1980s and to participate in operations in the Balkans was in 1993 installed a missile warning system. In the recent past were also some components replaced to meet modern requirements for navigation accuracy. The six Norwegian C-130 bearing the names Odin, Thor, Frey, Balder, Tyr and Brage have now been "retired". The aircraft were taken out of operation, and five of the planes are on long-term storage in Tucson, Arizona, while the sixth is at Gardermoen Flysamling. In May 2008, the last official flight of the C-130E / H Hercules was completed. The Norwegian Hercules served Norway in 39 years.

4 new Hercules aircraft of the J-model were purchased to replace the old ones. These came in the period November 2008 to autumn 2010. The first C-130J arrived at Gardermoen 25 November 2008. There will be a gradual escalation of operational use until 2011. These new transport aircraft will follow tradition and be given the Norse name. First C-130J was named Frigg, followed by Nanna, Siw and Idun are wives, respectively, to Odin, Balder, Thor and Brage.

Saab Safari is a light single engine propeller aircraft in the Air Force will be used as a trainer. In addition to flight training aircraft can be used for, among other things liaisonflyging and observation flights. The prototype of Safari was the first time on the wing in 1969, and the Air Force bought the aircraft in 1981. Today operate the Air Force Flight School a total of 16 Safari, of which 7 aircraft with full instrumentation.

Bell 412 is a further development of the UH-1 family, well known from the Vietnam War. The helicopter has since been developed into the Bell 412SP, and later to Bell 412HP. It is these two versions that are mostly used for military exercises, and six of the Air Force Bell helicopters will be upgraded to the latter version. In 1986 helicopter service started at Sola to put together 18 pieces Bell 412 SP for the Air Force. The first was delivered 29 October 1987, while the latter was completed April 26, 1990. In addition, the one that was assembled in the United States transported by sea to Norway. One of these 19 have wrecked at Bardufoss. Today, helicopters in two squadrons. 9 units are with 720 Squadron, located at Rygge AFB and 9 with the 339 Squadron, located at Bardufoss. The helicopter is a twin-engine multipurpose helicopter in Norway primarily used to support the army with the transportation of personnel and materiel. They also used as ambulances, to search and rescue, forest fire fighting, surveillance, reconnaissance, Mobile Command Post, etc.

In 1968 Britain and France agreed to produce three types of helicopters: Puma, Lynx and Gazelle. The British aircraft and helicopter manufacturer Westland got the task to design and build the Lynx, with the French company Aerospatiale as a supplier of 30% of the parts. The first operational squadron of helicopter type was Royal Navy No.702 Squadron in December 1977. The helicopter is now used by a number of countries both within and outside NATO, including the Netherlands, Germany, Denmark, Brazil, France and Norway. Lynx is a relatively small helicopter, and there is limited space on board. In special cases, a total of 11 people, including crew, get on board. Normally, the Norwegian version seating space for 2-3 passengers plus crew.

Sea King helicopter flew in the late 1950's. The type of helicopter was primarily designed to search for and uskadeliggjøring of submarines, but was eventually used for search and rescue missions. 330 Squadron passed a total of 100,000 flight hours with a Sea King helicopter March 25, 1998. One of the Norwegian helicopters are "Fleet Leader" for the Sea King systems built by the West Country, with over 11,000 flight hours. Sea King helicopter is well equipped and prepared to perform duties as a rescue helicopter. Aircraft has a long reach, and to increase the radius of action further, it can refuel in the air from the Coast Guard vessels have equipment for so-called "Helicopter In Flight Refuelling (HFIR).






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