Norway’s New Long-Term Defense Plan Focuses on Military Readiness with One Eye on Russia

by Dan Darling, International Military Markets Analyst, Forecast International.

F-35A Weapons Carriage (Lockheed Martin Photo by Matt Short)

Norway will purchase 52 F-35A’s (Lockheed Martin Photo by Matt Short)

Norway’s center-right, government-led Ministry of Defense unveiled the country’s latest long-term defense plan (titled “Capable and Sustainable”) on June 17.  The new LTDP follows the previous iteration published in 2012 by the former Red-Green (center-left) government of Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg, which drafted the plan during a period when the greater European security environment had yet to be upset by Russia’s annexation of Crimea and further destabilization activities in eastern Ukraine. Continue reading

New Norwegian AW101 SAR Helos Receive Advanced Leonardo-Finmeccanica Radar

by C. Zachary Hofer, Electronic Systems Analyst, Forecast International.

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Norwegian AW101. Source: Leonardo-Finmeccanica

On May 31, Leonardo-Finmeccanica introduced the AgustaWestland AW101 Norwegian all-weather search-and-rescue (SAR) helicopter.  The new helicopter was unveiled by Anders Anundsen, Norway’s minister of justice and public security, during a rollout ceremony at Leonardo Helicopter’s Yeovil, England, facility. Continue reading