Accession Number:

ADA517789

Title:

Joint Strike Fighter, the Right Choice for the Future Norwegian Air Force

Descriptive Note:

Research paper

Corporate Author:

MARINE CORPS COMMAND AND STAFF COLL QUANTICO VA

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

2009-02-20

Pagination or Media Count:

14.0

Abstract:

The Norwegian governments decision to purchase the Lockheed Martin F-35 Joint Strike Fighter JSF promises to be the largest governmental contract in Norwegian history. According to official figures released to the press, the 48 JSFs will come at a cost of approximately 18 billion Norwegian kroner NOK, and a life-cycle cost of 130 billion NOK over 30 years. This controversial decision has incited zealous infighting among the Norwegian people. Many Norwegians believe that such a large contract should have been awarded to a European producer for either the Eurofighter or the Swedish JAS 39 Grippen. The author contends, however, that the Norwegian governments decision to purchase the F-35 was the correct one. The F-35 Joint Strike Fighter is the best aircraft for the future of the Norwegian Air Force because it not only offers superior airframe performance, stealth capability, and interoperability, but it also will ensure predictable security politics in the future. The focus of this paper will be the security cooperation aspects of the purchase. Though other important issues have been taken into consideration, such as cost and airframe capabilities, these issues fell dead as the final report stated that the JSF was militarily superior and less expensive than the Swedish alternative. The most important aspect of the transaction is its effect on Norwegian security politics. Being a small country, Norways relationship to its allies is important, and the JSF contract will keep Norways relationship to the United States and NATO in good standing.

Subject Categories:

  • Attack and Fighter Aircraft
  • Government and Political Science
  • Logistics, Military Facilities and Supplies

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE