Norway signed an agreement to buy missiles from the US worth 500 million dollars

Norway signed an agreement to buy missiles from the US worth 500 million dollars

Norway signed an arms deal worth NOK 5 billion ($500 million) with the US to supply missiles to be mounted on F-35 fighter jets.

“This is a very important agreement for both Norway’s defense capabilities and US-Norwegian defense cooperation,” Norwegian Defense Minister Bjorn Arild Gram said in a statement on Monday.

Oslo says the AMRAAM-D missiles will serve as the primary weapon used to defend Norwegian airspace in the coming decades and represents the single largest-ever supply of weapons to the Norwegian Armed Forces.

“We are very pleased that Norway will now also have access to such advanced missiles and that we are making such a large purchase of medium-range air-to-air missiles (AMRAAMs) that will showcase the potential of the F-35 “, said Gram, adding that this will strengthen the country’s “future defense capabilities”.

He emphasized that this is particularly important in terms of the current security situation, reports Anadolu Agency.

According to the Ministry of Defense, the AMRAAM-D is an advanced version of the missile that was previously used by both F-16 fighter jets and the NASAMS air defense system.

The F-35 fighter jet is equipped with sensors that enable it to locate and identify a wider range of threats at much greater distances than previous aircraft.

“Through this agreement, the Norwegian F-35 will have access to a weapon that itself has vast improvements in terms of sensors and range, which will be effective against everything from drones and cruise missiles to aircraft. Other combatants,” said Gro Jaere, director general of the Norwegian Defense Materiel Agency (NDMA).

According to the ministry, the missiles will be delivered by 2028 as part of the extensive “Joint Strike Fighter” program.