Lock­heed Martin and Nor­way celebrate roll­out of first F-35A

SP's MAI - - AEROSPACE DEVELOPMENTS -

Cer­e­monies were held at the Lock­heed Martin F-35 pro­duc­tion fa­cil­ity cel­e­brat­ing the roll­out of the first F-35A Light­ning II for the Nor­we­gian armed forces. The event marked an im­por­tant pro­duc­tion mile­stone for the fu­ture of Nor­way’s na­tional de­fence.

“We all know that the F-35 is not sim­ply another fighter. We know that it is much more,” said Her Ex­cel­lency Ine Erik­sen Søreide, Nor­we­gian Min­is­ter of De­fence. “The F-35 pro­vides us a ca­pa­bil­ity we’ve never had be­fore. It’s by far the most ad­vanced fighter ever made. To­day we are in­deed turn­ing the fu­ture into the present. The F-35 rep­re­sents a new way of think­ing, a new way of op­er­at­ing, which will ben­e­fit the en­tire Nor­we­gian armed forces.”

The fifth-gen­er­a­tion F-35As will tran­si­tion the Nor­we­gian armed forces into a next-gen­er­a­tion net-cen­tric fighter force ca­pa­ble of as­sur­ing the na­tion’s ter­ri­to­rial in­tegrity and na­tional se­cu­rity.

The F-35 Light­ning II air­craft pro­vides the Nor­we­gian in­dus­try with high tech­nol­ogy work, en­sur­ing the fu­ture health, com­pet­i­tive­ness and vi­a­bil­ity of the de­fence in­dus­try in Nor­way. Work on the F-35 pro­gramme has pro­vided Nor­we­gian in­dus­try with more than $450 mil­lion in con­tracts to date, along with op­por­tu­ni­ties for ad­di­tional work over the life of the pro­gramme.

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