Ceremonies were held recently at the Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT) F-35 production facility celebrating the rollout of the first F-35A Lightning II for the Norwegian Armed Forces.
The event marked an important production milestone for the future of Norway´s national defense.
The 5th generation F-35As will transition the Norwegian Armed Forces into a next generation net-centric fighter force capable of assuring the nation´s territorial integrity and national security.
The F-35 Lightning II aircraft provides the Norwegian industry with high technology work, ensuring the future health, competitiveness and viability of the defense industry in Norway. Work on the F-35 program has provided Norwegian industry with more than USD450 million in contracts to date, along with opportunities for additional work over the life of the program.
AM-1 and Norway´s second jet, known as AM-2, are scheduled to be delivered to the Royal Norwegian Air Force later this year, and will be based at Luke Air Force Base, Arizona, where they will be used for Norwegian and partner country pilot training.
Headquartered in Bethesda, Maryland, Lockheed Martin is a global security and aerospace company that employs approximately 112,000 people worldwide and is principally engaged in the research, design, development, manufacture, integration and sustainment of advanced technology systems, products and services. The corporation´s net sales for 2014 were USD45.6 billion.