First F-35A for Norway Progressing Towards Delivery
Lockheed Martin and the Norwegian Ministry of Defense celebrated the beginnings of the first F-35A Lightning II for Norway this month. The aircraft, designated as AM-1, has officially begun the mate process, where major components of the aircraft are joined together to form the aircraft’s structure. AM-1 will then make its way down the assembly line and roll out of the factory for delivery to Norway in the fall of 2015.
“We are pleased and excited to see our first aircraft taking shape as planned,” said Mr. Øystein Bø, State Secretary with the Norwegian Ministry of Defense. “Together with the Norwegian-developed Joint Strike Missile the F-35 will be one of the core capabilities of our future defense structure, representing a significant increase in our combat capabilities.”
The global supply chain for the F-35 currently has seven Norwegian companies under contract building parts for the F-35. Norwegian industry is expected to gain up to $4.7billion USD in industry opportunities over the life of the F-35 program. Every F-35 built will have Norwegian parts and components.
Lorraine Martin, Lockheed Martin F-35 Program Manager, highlighted the ongoing partnership between Lockheed Martin and Norway. “A new era in Norwegian tactical aviation began with AM-1 mating on the line,” Martin said. “Lockheed Martin is proud of our decade’s long relationship with the Norway MOD and its industry. Transitioning from the F-16 to the F-35 will only enhance this relationship for the future.”