England and Norway will examine the ability of cooperation on joint logistics and maintenance training for purchased fighter fifth generation F-35, Defense News reported on September 6.
Statement about the ability of cooperation was made by the heads of the military departments of the two countries on September 5. According to a statement, the union of efforts in this area will significantly increase the effectiveness of aircraft in Europe. The latest example of this kind of cooperation was 60 years ago, during the adopting fighter Vampire. Norwegians want to take part, namely, the maintenance of engines Pratt & Whitney F135 (as a candidate proposed municipal company AIM Norway).
Norway already has a parliamentary resolution for the purchase of 10 F-35A fighter aircraft of 52 planned. As expected, the first Norwegian fighter of this type will arrive at the Air Force base Hollande in 2017, initial operational readiness should be achieved in 2019. First four cars will be based in the United States for training purposes.
Meanwhile, England is negotiating with Lockheed Martin for the purchase of four F-35B with short takeoff and vertical landing. Three aircraft have already been bought, preparing a contract for fourth. Subsequent agreement for the acquisition of 12 to 18 machines will be concluded in the fourth quarter of this year. First serial British aircraft will be delivered in 2016 and will be based in the U.S., boegogotovnost be achieved in 2018.