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Luftforsvaret / Royal Norwegian Air Force - Modernization

According to the "Future acquisitions for the Norwegian Armed Forces 2015-2023", the bulk of the investments within the Air Systems Program were maintaining the F-16 as a first line combat aircraft until it is phased out towards the end of the decade. In order to ensure that the capabilities are maintained, there are a number of projects related to upgrades of the aircraft systems, capability improvements and airframe upgrades.

Preparations for the acquisition of the F-35 combat aircraft were in progress. According to the plan an initial delivery of training aircraft will take place in 2015, followed by the main deliveries during the period 2017-2024. Replacement of air surveillance radars and required contributions to NATO Airborne Early Warning and Control Force (NAEW&C Force) was also a priority.

On 01 October 2015, the Chief of Defence presented his Strategic Defence Review regarding the future development of the Norwegian Armed Forces. Increased presence and operational capability in the High North are to be prioritised. The air force's operational capability is being developed to produce air power for emergency and operating application nationally and internationally. The air force collector the business of fewer bases, making it possible to improve the operational progress. The interface between the the operating structure and support structure, including to Cyberforsvaret and the armed forces' logistics organisation, the to ensure the air force a unified management line.

Forces should still be on continuous alert national and for NATO (Quick Reaction Alert, QRA). Fire power be improved through the phasing of the F-35 combat aircraft with advanced weapons, including long-range precision weapons.

At the same time reduced the number of combat aircraft in relation to the plan to balance the cost of the structure. The ability of the monitoring are maintained through to pursue a combination of manned and unmanned intelligence and surveillance aircraft. The ambition of airborne strategic under water monitoring and-warfare take precedence down. The air force's air surveillance chain is renewed and it sought solutions in a Nordic framework.

Strategic and operational air mobility be continued, at the same time as a tactical mobility with the Bell 412 helicopters be allocated for special forces.

Protection against modern air threats is maintained on the the current level through the continuation of the air defence battalion, which means that today's vulnerabilities by Orland and other critical infrastructure continued. Schools and support structure adapted to a reduced operating structure.

In the period 2017-2020, the shift to new combat aircraft and the development of Orland that main base for combat aircraft continue, but combat aircraft base be adapted to a reduced number of new combat aircraft. The balance between a reduced the number of combat aircraft and the need for support operations explored.

The Commander of the air force is continuing its organization on the Reverse, at the same time as the creation of the air operation centre at Reitan is completed. The mobile kontrollog the notification device is established in Orland. Maritime patrol aircraft on Andøya, P-3 Orion, are preserved until new manned surveillance aircraft is phased in. Bell 412 helicopters from Bardufoss transferred to Rygge and make up a dedicated to support Squadron special forces. NH90 helicopters is phased in as planned, and rescue Squadron Sea King replaced with the AW101.

In the period 2021-2028, the F-35 combat aircraft with weapon systems and new combat aircraft base is established in Orland, and the F-35 has taken over emergency response for quick reaction (QRA) on the Evenes. The transition from P-3 Orion and DA-20 to new manned and unmanned surveillance aircraft be completed in the period. New airspace sensors is phased in. The air force's school center with officer school, Training Center and recruit school be established at Værnes and can be seen in the context of that Home care education also moved to Værnes. Activity by Bodo moved to Orland and activity by moved to Trondheim airport Kjevik. Bodø and Kjevik wound up. New missiles to air protection with medium range is acquired, and be seen in the context with weapons acquisition for the F-35 fighter aircraft.

The US State Department made a determination approving a possible Foreign Military Sale to the Government of Norway for P-8A Aircraft and associated support. The estimated cost is $1.75 billion. The Defense Security Cooperation Agency delivered the required certification notifying Congress of this possible sale on December 20, 2016.

The Government of Norway has requested a possible sale of up to five (5) P-8A Patrol Aircraft, each includes: Commercial Engines, Tactical Open Mission Software (TOMS), Electro-Optical (EO) and Infrared (IO) MX-20HD, AN/AAQ-2(V)1 Acoustic System, AN/APY-10 Radar, ALQ-240 Electronic Support Measures. Also included are eleven (11) Multifunctional Distribution System Joint Tactical Radio Systems (MIDS JTRS); eight (8) Guardian Laser Transmitter Assemblies (GLTA) for the AN/AAQ-24(V)N; eight (8) System Processors for AN/AAQ-24(V)N; forty-two (42) AN/AAR- 54 Missile Warning Sensors for the AN/AAQ-24(V)N; fourteen (14) LN-251 with Embedded Global Positioning Systems (GPS)/Inertial Navigation Systems (EGIs); and two thousand (2,000) AN/SSQ-125 Multi-Static Active Coherent (MAC) Source Sonobouys; spares; spare engine; support equipment; operational support systems; training; maintenance trainer/classrooms; publications; software; engineering and logistics technical assistance; Foreign Liaison Officer support; contractor engineering technical services; repair and return; transportation; aircraft ferry; and other associated training and support. The total estimated program cost is $1.75 billion.

This proposed sale will contribute to the foreign policy and national security of the United States by helping to improve the security of a NATO ally which has been, and continues to be, an important force for political stability throughout the world. The proposed sale will allow Norway to maintain its Maritime Patrol Aircraft (MPA) capability following retirement of its P-3C MPA. This sale will strengthen collective NATO defense and enhance Norway's regional and global allied contributions.

Norway has procured and operated U.S. produced P-3 Orion MPAs for over 40 years, providing critical capabilities to NATO and coalition maritime operations. Norway has maintained a close MPA acquisition and sustainment relationship with the U.S. Navy over this period. The proposed sale will allow Norway to recapitalize, modernize, and sustain its MPA capability for the next 30 years. As a long-time P-3 operator, Norway will have no difficulty transitioning its MPA force to the P-8A and absorbing these aircraft into its armed forces. The proposed sale of this equipment and support will not alter the basic military balance in the region.

The prime contractor involved in this sale is The Boeing Company, Seattle, WA. Additional contractors include: Air Cruisers Co, LLC; Arnprior Aerospace, Canada; AVOX Zodiac Aerospace; BAE; Canadian Commercial Corporation (CCC)/EMS; Compass David Clark; DLS/ViaSat, Carlsbad, CA; DRS; Exelis, McLean, VA; GC Micro, Petaluma, CA; General Electric, UK; Harris; Joint Electronics; Martin Baker; Northrop Grumman Corp, Falls Church, VA; Pole Zero, Cincinnati, OH; Raytheon, Waltham, MA; Raytheon, UK; Rockwell Collins, Cedar Rapids, IA; Spirit Aero, Wichita, KS; Symmetries Telephonies, Farmingdale, NY; Terma, Arlington, VA; Viking; and WESCAM. Norway does require an offset agreement. Any offset agreement will be defined in negotiations between the purchaser and the prime contractor.

Norway struck a deal with the United States on 29 March 2017 to buy five Boeing P-8A Poseidon maritime patrol aircraft, the Nordic nation’s Defense Ministry announced. STOCKHOLM (Sputnik) — The contract was signed by US charge d'affaires James DeHart at the US Embassy in Oslo and Norway’s defense procurement chief Mette Sorfonden. "A contract was signed today with US authorities on the acquisition of five P-8A Poseidon maritime patrol aircraft (MPA) for the Armed Forces," the statement read. The first P-8A Poseidon is scheduled to land in Norway in 2022, with the rest following by 2023. The Boeing-built aircraft is designed for long-range anti-submarine and anti-surface warfare, and reconnaissance missions.

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