F-35 Global News
The Perspective on the Way Ahead from the Norwegian Air Force: Meeting the Challenge of Integrated High Intensity Operations
Norway being a small country with a large geography and a large neighbor on its border obviously needed to shape a defense capability highly interactive with its allies to ensure deterrence in depth for Norwegian defense.
The perspective of the Chief of the Royal Norwegian Air Force on the F-35 was that this was not at all a replacement aircraft, but a strategic asset when properly integrated with the national defense force and NATO forces.
The head of the Norwegian Navy looks at the way ahead for Norwegian defense.
“If you look at the map, we are in a crucial position in the north.
But we are a small country, with a large geography and only five million people.
So we need to truly focus on a smart defense strategy.”
Today’s Prowler is the most capable variant ever but will be retired by 2019.
By 2020, the USMC will have adopted a revolutionary change in how they address electronic warfare. Rather than replace the Prowler with a dedicated platform, the USMC has adopted a distributed strategy, where “every platform is a sensor, shooter and sharer.”