New fighter jets cracked during tests

The US military uncovered some cracks in the fuselages of the new F-35 fighter jets that reportedly developed during test flights last year, reports newspaper Dagens Næringsliv (DN). Norway has placed a controversial order for a large fleet of the new jets, which amounts to one of the country’s largest public expenditures ever. DN reported […]

Celebrating in high, roaring style

PHOTO SERIES: Norway’s Air Force celebrated its 100th anniversary over the weekend with exhibits on the ground and an air show overhead that drew tens of thousands of people to the capital. From Norway’s oldest plane in the air to a model of Norway’s new F35 fighter jet, crowds could “ooh and ah” as Saturday’s […]

Concerns fly over fighter jet costs

Norwegian politicians are once again deeply concerned by reports of soaring prices for the US-made fighter jets that the government has agreed to buy. Newspaper Dagsavisen reported Tuesday that the price may have jumped from the NOK 18 billion approved by the Parliament, to an astonishing NOK 144 billion. So enormous is the feared price […]

US fighter jet delays ‘unfortunate’

The head of the Norwegian Parliament’s foreign relations and defense committee said Tuesday it would be “unfortunate” if delivery of new fighter jets from the US is further delayed. US Defense Secretary Robert Gates is withholding funding for the jets, because of problems with their development. Norwegian Defense Minister Grete Faremo visited Gates just last […]