Norway buys 52 multirole fighters F-35 to oppose Russian threat

Norwegian authorities intend to purchase 52 fifth generation multirole fighters F-35.

The supply will take a few years. Oslo hopes to receive the first aircraft in 2017, and plans to start combat flying in 2019, reports Reuters.

Defence Minister Ine Eriksen Søreide said that her country bewares “an apparent force demonstration” by Russia in the Baltic Sea region. According to her, Russian planes have repeatedly violated the international border airspace in recent months.

“They do not invade our airspace,” said the head of the Defense Ministry. “But the Russians are increasing the range and the number of flights.”

Søreide said that Oslo would expand cooperation with the Baltic countries and Ukraine.

In late February, Norway announced its decision to restructure the armed forces in order to counter the “Russian threat”, and be prepared in case of “possible deterioration of the situation”.

Source: Rosbalt