Norway has authorised the procurement of a further six Lockheed Martin F-35A Lightning II Joint Strike Fighters, bringing the country's commitment up to 16 aircraft.
Parliament's approval of the additional jets, which came on 11 December, is valued at NKR7.38 billion (USD1.23 billion) and will see the aircraft delivered in 2018. The Royal Norwegian Air Force (RoNAF) has a requirement for 52 F-35s to replace its current Lockheed Martin F-16AM/BM fleet.
The Norwegian Ministry of Defence selected the F-35A to fulfil its Future Combat Aircraft (FCA) requirement in November 2008. In securing the requirement, the F-35 beat-off competition from the Eurofighter Typhoon and Saab JAS 39 Gripen.