Royal welcome for new fighter jets

Norway’s three new F35 fighters jets took off for the first time from their new home at the Ørland air base on the West Coast on Friday, with Norwegian pilots in the cockpits, and King Harald was there to mark the occasion. So were a cast of other top officials who made speeches and hailed […]

New fighter jets finally landed

After years of political debate, production and then some refueling challenges, the first three of Norway’s new F35 fighter jets landed safely on Friday at their new coastal home in Ørland, northwest of Trondheim. Proud military brass called it a “milestone” for Norwegian defense, with an official welcome ceremony scheduled for later this week. The […]

Weapon sales raise objections

Several countries in the Saudi-led alliance that’s at war in Yemen bought weapons and other defense equipment from Norway last year. The sales have raised more objections from politicians in Parliament who oppose such sales by the country that annually awards the Nobel Peace Prize. “The foreign ministry can’t guarantee that Norwegian ammunition hasn’t been […]

New fighter jets due to arrive

Norway can finally expect delivery of the first of its new F35 fighter jets from the US later this week. Three of the F35s are due to arrive on Thursday. The new jets, ordered after years of political debate to replace Norway’s ageing fleet of F16s, make up what the Norwegian defense ministy describes as […]

Soldier killed during mine-clearing demonstration

Flags flew at half-mast at army  installations around Norway during the weekend, after a soldier was killed while demonstrating mine-clearing equipment on a shooting range in Northern Norway. The soldier, 21-year-old Army Sergeant Hågen Skattum from Voss in the mountains of Southern Norway, died from injuries sustained in the explosives accident. It occurred at the Målselv […]

Russians ‘trained to invade Svalbard’

UPDATED: A Norwegian website dedicated to preventing another invasion of Norway was reporting on Wednesday that Russian forces mounted a mock invasion of Svalbard during recent military exercises in the Barents. Norwegian forces were reportedly caught completely by surprise, and NATO was not pleased, while Norway’s military intelligence chief and defense minister deny any such […]

Søreide leads ministerial speculation

Norwegian Defense Minister Ine Eriksen Søreide was topping speculation this week over who will replace Børge Brende as Norway’s new foreign minister. Brende is resigning to take on a new top job at the World Economic Forum in Switzerland, but his term isn’t ending on the high note expected. Søreide, who has served as Norway’s […]

Russians jammed flights’ GPS

Norway’s military intelligence unit (Forsvarets Etterretningstjeneste) confirmed to state broadcaster NRK on Friday that Russian military training exercises taking place across the border from Norway’s northernmost county of Finnmark last month jammed the on-board global positioning systems (GPS) of airline flights from both SAS and Widerøe. The Russians reportedly were practicing electronic warfare when the […]

Peace Prize prods nuclear arms ban

The Norwegian Nobel Committee sent a powerful anti-nuclear weapons message on Friday, not least to its home country of Norway itself. Its decision to award this year’s Nobel Peace Prize to  the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN) aims to prod the nuclear states and their allies like Norway into going along with worldwide […]

‘Norway needs a defense Plan B’

US President Donald Trump’s fiery speech at the UN in New York this week was setting off some alarms back home in Norway on Thursday. A Norwegian expert on defense and US relations thinks the government and Parliament need to take Trump’s tough talk far more seriously than their initial reaction suggests. He urges a […]