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Luftforsvaret / Royal Norwegian Air Force - 2014

Within the combat air force it is especially important to maintain the competence, capacity and capability of the to carry out national and international emergency orders and besides, the introduction of the new fighter plane F-35. Flying and technical personnel to be transferred to the first F-35, were picked out in 2014 and travelled to the United States in 2015.

Despite the challenges associated with an aging F-16 fleet air force achieved a satisfactory the number of flying hours in 2014. The necessary training of new pilots was conducted, and active F-16 pilots had a higher average fitness level by the end of the 2014 than at year start. At the same time be able to air force report combat aircraft contribution to the NATO Response Force managed readiness transport planes C-130J has delivered very well and in accordance to the plan for 2014. In the third quarter C-130J was emergency ready for on short notice to be able to be used in both Irak/Syria and Africa.

In 2014 the air force managed to improve goal attainment for the maritime patrol aircraft, the P-3 Orion, significantly. Over time the availability of the hull was one of the big challenges offered because of the structure and equipment upgrades and a very difficult spare part situation. The work was not yet finalized, but the purchase of the phase inspection, external and the shift of operational pattern contributed to increase availability. Planned production target for operational mission is thus yet been reached.

Due to the very few available hull first half the squadron 717 was on training status 10 April 2014. In August 2014 the Department and materials moved from Rygge to Gardermoen, which also resulted in reduced flight in a shorter period of time. The availability on the hull improved during the last half of the year, and the Squadron was expected to be back in the operating status during the first quarter of 2015.

The helicopters had the ability of emergency response to support police and special forces with the enforcement assistance been maintained at Rygge. Also emergency response for General assistance to the police at Bardufoss persisted throughout the 2014. In the light of the age, it was very satisfying that the Sea King had been left in emergency preparedness The plan throughout the 2014 was to strengthen production for support to vs terror preparedness at sea has been conducted. Due to the limited access of the hulls have civilian helicopters replaced Sea Kings emergency function in periods of versus terror exercises.

The military had in the course of the 2014 received five of a total of six NH90 helicopters with an "Initial Operational Capacity". The sixth helicopter was expected to be delivered in the spring of 2015. Strengthen production and testing/evaluering has been uplifting, and it's been carried out initial vessel operations both on the day and night. The air force will provide support to the coast guard already from January 2015 out from the main base for helicopter at Bardufoss. From the summer of 2015 is scheduled NH90 to be able to embark the coast guard vessels.

Lynx completed service with the Coast Guard vessel helicopter carrying vessels until the beginning of December 2015. When was the last Lynx parked for good and the personnel transferred to the NH90 to enhance production there and arrange for delivery to the coast guard operating with 337 Squadron. Lynx had been serving the community from 1981 and had been an invaluable resource in Norwegian fisheries management requirements.

Throughout the year 2014 control and warning system around the clock monitored air space and maintained emergency response in order to be able to control tactical air warfare agents in Norwegian airspace. Strengthening production and solution of operational missions were conducted in parallel, since the system required continuous operative deliveries. The system addresses the mandatory quests, but an aging sensor park and low availability of certified control personnel did as the situation demanded. Air guard force worked in 2014 on the operation of three air defence battle groups, but clearly the ID increased in two of the three groups. Closure in Bodø and merging to one air defence battalion in Orland were carried out. The reduced power capability was planned as a a result of the ongoing realignment. Update in progress of the key components of the NASAMS II system will however, ensure air protection performance the next few years.

The air force's deployable force protection reduced in 2014 the strength the production to one Base defense battle group and two other special features (machine and construction, and Communications). Merging to a single base defence squadron at Ørland ess implemented. Also there was the reduced strength production planned as a consequence of the ongoing realignment, but parts of the produced the force had yet been in international operations in support of other departments. The air force maintained the operation through 2014 of five airports despite some challenges with peers plant. The military airport operations at Rygge was shut down in november 2014.

Overall, the air force delivered very well within the very tight resource frames. The situation with long lead time and low supply of spare parts, however, are still worrying and affects the vast majority of the air force's systems.

The air force in 2014 also transferred the management of housing and 15 minutes to the Norwegian Defence estates agency with effect from on January 1, 2015. Although the move mainly processes have gone after schedule time in 2014, experiencing the air force that it still was related to implementation challenges. Within its jurisdiction have the Inspector General therefore made some adjustments in the original the schedule. The purpose is to slow down a negative trend which random departure and change of position accidentally reduces competence in the air force. Especially for combat air force the trend is critical, and the measures implemented to ensure that the operational aspirations are met, and that the transition to the F-35 can be implemented as planned.

In the spring of 2014 the air force adjusted its mission through a change of some timelines related to measures in the air force's restructuring. The move of the Inspector General with the air force's top leadership to the Reitan was exposed to the 2020, and Bodø will be the base of operations for F-16 on emergency preparedness for Quick Reaction Alert aircraft that have this role. Evenes will thus first be taken into use as a forward base of operations.

When the F-35 planes are operationally ready to take over the emergency response, the changes were important both to ensure the operational deliverables under the realignment and for the air force's ability to control the switching itself.

The air force's biggest challenge and risk in 2015 and 2016 was the ongoing realignment in its own military branch, which in the high degree is to prepare the air force to take welcomed the new fighter planes. For that the hospitality should be the best possible, it is necessary to reduce the number of sites from which operations is done. In Bodo and on Mågerø the operations will be added down or moved to other bases in the country, while the operations of Orland and Sørreisa build up. The challenge is to retain the personnel and the skills, at the same time that it held control of the costs.

Currently, the realignment handled without significant implications for the operational capability. Through continuous evaluation and correction of the plans will This also be possible in the future.

In 2014 the air force increased the operational capability through the increased resource frames and clearer priorities. In particular, measures to keep personnel and increase availability made the increase possible. The increased operational capability essentially came on P-3 Orion and the F-16, at the same time as the operational capability of the the other systems are maintained. The air force will continue to prioritize measures within the personnel and expertise availabile.

The measures that are put in the works with the Sea King to avoid emergency interruption on the rescue service, has had effect. The rescue service has thus managed to maintain emergency response. The risk of future emergency outage is not removed, but are in some degree reduced. The risk for reduced operating support to the coast guard is higher. The air force wanted during 2015 to start operations with the coast guard, but the shipment will be very limited.

The air force's goal for 2015 is to maintain the operational business, including realignment, within the assigned resource frame.

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