Norway’s Future Fighter Competition: A Norwegian View

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F-35 JSF(click to view full) Guest article by Endre Lunde Mixed signals have been coming from several of the embattled JSF program‘s foreign partners, including Britain and Norway. In an apparent response to the Norwegian announcement that they might be considering withdrawing from the program on account of their industrial share, representatives from Lockheed Martin, the US Government and Eurofighter have been campaigning intensively for their cause in the Norwegian news media. Drawing on Norwegian sources, I have compiled this following survey of the last months’ events, and the war of words that finally led to the announcement on May 8th, 2006 that Norway will continue their participation with JSF – for now. The lobbying effort did not begin well. Timeline of a Fighter Duel RAF Eurofighter(click to view full) On March 28th, 2006, Lockheed Martin Executive President and JSF Manager Tom Burbage did an interview with Jane’s, in which he made statements that were interpreted as direct threats of fines and sanctions against Norway should they go forward with their plans to pull out. Two days later, on March 30th, Eurofighter Marketing Director David R. Hamilton called a meeting at the Norwegian capitols upscale Grand Hotel. He boasted of […]

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