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    It's finally here, fellow MP.net members! A thread dedicated to news and discussions about the Norwegian Armed Forces. Now we can keep the picture thread clean and it's also a good way to organize information.

    To kick this thread off, I'm going to begin with a subject that is very relevant to anyone who plans on getting a career in the military:

    Norway wants more soldiers with technical insight


    The Norwegian Armed Forces will be dependant on more enlisted personnel to solve their increasingly demanding tasks in the future. Years of training are required in order to master new weapons systems.

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    The Army wants a new professional combat group in Northern-Norway that is patterned after the crack Telemark Battalion.
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    Norwegian Maintenance Agency To Go Private

    By GERARD O'DWYER
    Published: 27 Oct 2011 12:00


    HELSINKI - Norway's Ministry of Defense has approved a plan to transform the Luftforsvarets Hovedverksted Kjeller (LHK) - which provides aircraft and weapons maintenance and assembly services, and operates under the MoD's direction - into a fully fledged commercial company.

    The LHK forms part of the Norwegian Defense Logistics Organization, which provides engineering, procurement, investment and material support to the Norwegian Armed Forces.

    The change to an independent corporate management structure for the LHK comes as the MoD works to reinforce the LHK's ability to conduct maintenance and modifications on a wider array of aircraft and weapon systems, including Norway's first batch of F-35 fighter jets.

    The LHK is currently responsible for maintenance on the Norwegian Air Force's fleets, including F-16 fighters and Sea King helicopters, which are due to be phased out starting in 2020. The LHK also maintains and modifies the military's weapons, communications and radar systems.
    The corporate change will come with reinvestment in LHK.

    The primary focus of the planned capital investment will be to give the new company the skills to handle future work on F-35s and NH90 utility helicopters.

    "By converting LHK into a state-owned enterprise, we are laying the groundwork for the operation to compete for future maintenance projects, particularly in relation to the F-35 and NH90 helicopters," Defense Minister Grete Faremo said.

    The new LHK also will develop a higher level of specialization in the areas of advanced aircraft materials; aerospace command, control and communication systems; electronic and electro-optic equipment; radars; mechanical machining and manufacturing; simulation and training systems; test equipment and facilities; and weapon systems, accessories and munitions.

    http://www.defensenews.com/story.php?i=8073163

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    Norway Should Maintain Submarine Fleet: Study

    By GERARD O'DWYER
    Published: 10 Nov 2011 16:41


    HELSINKI - Norway's national defense capability would be best served by either extending the life of its submarine fleet or acquiring a next-generation sub, according to a study commissioned by the Ministry of Defense (MoD).

    The study, which examined Norway's submarine needs after 2020 when the Navy's Ula-class fleet is due to be renewed, determined that no other military capabilities are suited to replace its submarines. The direct inference is that Norway should replace its submarine fleet with a new-generation of Arctic-class stealth subs.

    The study is a collaboration among MoD, the Defense Forces Command and the National Institute of Defense Research. The Ula-class submarines have had midlife upgrades and are due to be phased out after 2020 unless a new investment program is established.

    MoD now plans to analyze how the Navy's submarine fleet can be replaced. This investigation will form a central part of a new study to be completed in 2014.

    This new study will examine available options, including extending the life of the current Ula-class fleet or acquiring a next-generation submarine after 2020. It is expected that a final recommendation will be submitted to the MoD and parliament in 2017.

    The study given to MoD on Nov. 3 considered three primary options before it concluded that maintaining a submarine fleet is in the best interests of national defense and key to the government's High North and Arctic security strategies.

    The study contemplated the consequences of halting investment in submarine capability and phasing out the present fleet. The second option considered the impact of a continuation of the submarine fleet. This included the possibility of prolonging the life of the Ula-class subs, a new acquisition program or a combination of the two. A third option explored alternatives to the submarine, such as the expanded use of surveillance technologies, including sensors.

    Sweden has had informal discussions on the possibility of selling its next-generation A26 submarine, which is under development, to Norway. Other possible European acquisition options include France's Barracuda-class submarine or the German-designed Type 212 or Type 214 subs.

    Norway's submarine capacity was reduced in the late 1990s when the Kobben-class subs were phased out. This left the Navy with six diesel-electric propulsion Ula-class vessels.

    The Ula-class boats are primarily active in coastal policing and defense operations, being limited in their diving depth to around 820 feet. All six subs came into active service in 1989-92 and comprise a mix of German, Norwegian and French engineering technologies and weapon control systems, including Kongsberg's MSI-90U torpedo fire-control platforms.

    http://www.defensenews.com/story.php...79&c=EUR&s=SEA

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    thanks, looking forward to this thread!

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    Quote Originally Posted by memoli View Post
    thanks, looking forward to this thread!
    I'm glad to hear that!


    [SIZE=2]The Norwegian MoD chooses Thales for realisation of NORMANS digitised soldier system[/SIZE]

    The Norwegian Defence has decided to purchase NORMANS digitised soldier system based on the concept that has been designed and tested at the Norwegian Defence Research Establishment (FFI). The MoD has asked the Norwegian Defence Logistics Organisation to contract Thales Norway, with Teleplan Globe as partner, for delivering NORMANS. “NORMANS digitised soldier system will provide Norwegian soldiers with improved situational awareness, improved ability to navigate and will provide effective mission planning. As a result of this, soldiers will have increased effectiveness and safety in operations”, says Secretary of State in the MoD, Roger Ingebrigtsen. As the Prime contractor Thales Norway will be responsible for delivering information systems to Norwegian soldiers over a 5 year period. “Soldier modernisation has been a focus area for Thales over the past 10 years. We have had strong collaboration with The Norwegian Defence, the Norwegian Defence Research Establishment and a number of Norwegian industrial players in the process of industrialising the future Norwegian soldier solution”, says CEO of Thales Norway, Glenn Pedersen.

    About NORMANS digitised soldier system

    The Norwegian Defence Research Establishment (FFI) has led a comprehensive program on forming the future Norwegian soldier solution in close collaboration with operational forces and Norwegian defence industry. The concept named Norwegian Modular Arctic Network
    Soldier (NORMANS) has been through a 10 year process of iterative development, where Thales Norway has led the industrialisation of NORMANS digitised soldier system with Teleplan Globe as partner. FFI has documented significant improvement in operational effectiveness and increased safety for the soldier with NORMANS compared to the current solution which is based on paper maps and hand held GPS.

    http://www.fsi.no/sfiles/79/75/2/fil...1-komplett.pdf

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    Aye great to see you guys with one of these
    Hope the thread grows big and strong ;P

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    Quote Originally Posted by Maximmmm View Post
    Aye great to see you guys with one of these
    Hope the thread grows big and strong ;P
    I hope so too!


    Norway Resumes $352M Boat Project

    By GERARD O'DWYER
    Published: 14 Sep 2011 16:13

    HELSINKI - Norway has resumed its $352 million Missile Torpedo Boat (MTB) program after the Ministry of Defense (MoD) reached agreement with Umoe Mandal regarding late delivery penalties.

    The Norwegian shipbuilding company attributed the delays to technical problems that required retesting of primary gas-turbine propulsion systems supplied to the Skjold (Shield)-class MTB project by Pratt & Whitney (P&W). The U.S. company's share of the project amounts to $40 million.

    The Skjold-class MTBs constitute the Navy's biggest recent investment in stealthy fast-attack craft for littoral warfare. The project includes weapons and engineering input from Kongsberg Defense & Aerospace.

    The late penalties deal reached with Umoe Mandal formed part of a wider agreement under which the shipyard guarantees that all six boats, as included in the original order, will be delivered to the Royal Norwegian Navy in the first half of 2012, according to the MoD. In effect, this means the delivery of the final vessel in the series.

    The agreement on penalties is important for Umoe Mandal, which has suffered losses due to the delays in the project. Moreover, the company continues to struggle to win significant new shipbuilding orders. The yard has been left with expensive over-capacity, leading to reorganization in the form of redundancies and dismissals.

    Construction of the five Skjold-class boats has been underway since 2003 and was the shipyard's main activity in 2010. The level of completion in the project at the end of last year was 98.5 percent.

    However, the project experienced substantial off-schedule delays because of the need to run additional test sequences and programs for the propulsion systems delivered by P&W.

    Umoe Mandal informed the MoD last December that it had overcome most of the chief technical issues in the second half of the year.

    The last MTB in the series had been scheduled for delivery during the first half of 2011, but it accrued day penalties and other compensations when new delays forced the delivery date to be pushed-back to 2012.

    The gas turbine propulsion systems ordered from P&W feature two ST18M marine gas turbines and two ST40M marine gas turbines. The ST18M and ST40M are free turbine turboshaft engines derived, respectively, from Pratt & Whitney Canada's PW100 and PW150A aviation turboprop power plants.

    http://www.defensenews.com/story.php?i=7680464

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    kompis, do you have any news about the JSM?

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    Not much news, I'm afraid. The JSM is still in development:

    KONGSBERG signs contract on continued development of JSM

    30.06.2011

    KONGSBERG has today signed a contract for the continued development phase II until 2013 of the JSM (Joint Strike Missile) with the Norwegian Defence Logistics Organization (NDLO). The value is 543 MNOK.

    The JSM development started in 2008. A development contract worth 166 MNOK was signed in 2009.

    The Norwegian Parliament “Stortinget” voted on 16 June 2011 in favour of starting JSM phase II now and the acquisition of four F-35s in 2016.

    "It is of great importance that both the government and the Parliament have endorsed the continued development of the JSM. This shows strong political support for JSM. JSM meets Norway`s and its international F-35 partners operational needs, while the development and its production are important contributions to the industrial content of the F-35 program," says Walter Qvam, CEO of KONGSBERG.

    The JSM is a new missile designed to fill an identified operational requirement on the F-35. JSM is the only missile under development that meets the operational requirements and can be internally carried on the F-35. The missile can also be integrated on other platforms.

    "KONGSBERG has subcontracted a number of Norwegian companies to participate in the development and to qualify them for the future development and production phases. In a future situation with full-scale production, the JSM program will engage more than 450 employees at KONGSBERG and could generate significant work for more than 100 Norwegian subcontractors for decades," says Harald Ånnestad, President of Kongsberg Defence Systems.

    http://www.kongsberg.com/en/kds/news..._jsm_phase_ii/

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    On a different note, the Naval Strike Missile (NSM) will be integrated on the frigates and the coastal corvettes next year.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Shark with freaking laser View Post
    It's finally here, fellow MP.net members! A thread dedicated to news and discussions about the Norwegian Armed Forces. Now we can keep the picture thread clean and it's also a good way to organize information.

    To kick this thread off, I'm going to begin with a subject that is very relevant to anyone who plans on getting a career in the military:



    The Army wants a new professional combat group in Northern-Norway that is patterned after the crack Telemark Battalion.
    So basically adding a new Bn to the order of battle, or just some minor sub-units?

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    A Battlegroup is a mixed arms formation typically consisting of a mechanized infantry battalion and several support units. There are three of those in Brigade Nord; a professional battlegroup (HRS) formed around the Telemark Battalion and two conscripted battlegroups formed around the Armoured Battalion and the 2nd Infantry Battalion respectively.

    The new battlegroup is intended to be formed by converting the Armoured Battalion and its support units. In addition, the 2nd Infantry Battalion and its support units could also be disbanded in order to further strengthen the new unit and the HRS.

    The reason behind all of this is that only one of the two conscripted battlegroups in Northern-Norway is combat ready at any time. This is due to the nature of the conscript system. It takes time to train up new recruits. The new professional unit will on the other hand be combat ready 100% of the time and the quality of this unit will also be much higher than that of the two conscripted ones.

    With that being said, this is only the Chief of Defence’s advice to the politicians. We will have to wait until next spring to see if any of this will happen.

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    The Chief of Defence’s suggestion could also raise the quality of the light infantry battalions in the Norwegian Army; the Border Guard and His Majesty the King’s Guard. With the battlegroups reserved for enlisted personnel, this could make these units more popular to conscripts.

    In addition he also suggests merging the Army Staff and the Brigade Nord Staff in order to cut the number of officers which is a good thing IMO.

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    Norway Buys Rubber Tracks for CV90 Afghan Operations



    10 Feb 2011| Ref. 022/2011

    Örnsköldsvik, Sweden. – Two Norwegian Army CV9030 infantry fighting vehicles have been using rubber tracks in northern Afghanistan since December. The 28-tonne BAE Systems vehicles are the heaviest to have used them on operations.


    The rubber track system is jointly developed by Soucy International in Quebec, Canada and BAE Systems in Sweden: Soucy has designed and produced the tracks and BAE Systems has qualified the system in full-scale trials. The tracks reduce vehicle weight by more than one tonne compared with conventional steel tracks. They also cut noise by a massive 10dB and vibration levels by 65 percent.

    Full article: http://baesystems.com/Newsroom/NewsR...110134027.html
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    Helicopter upgrade

    11.10.2011

    Defence Ministry Grete Faremo has decided to upgrade several of the Air Force’s Bell 412 helicopters.

    Members of Bereskapstroppen (Police SWAT) fast rope down to the deck of a vessel from a Bell 412 SP helicopter of the 720 Squadron during exercise Gemini 2010. (Norwegian Armed Forces Media Centre, Torbjorn Kjosvold)

    Before the Bell helicopters were sent to Afghanistan, they were all upgraded with shrapnel proof seats. Six of the helicopters got a new gearbox and driveshaft which increased their lifting capacity, as well as satellite communication and door-mounted machine guns.

    Now, another ten helicopters will get a new gearbox and driveshaft, bringing the total number of upgraded helicopters to 16. Satellite communications will be installed on another eight helicopters. In addition, more night vision goggles and four door-mounted machine guns for training purposes will also be purchased.

    http://www.regjeringen.no/nb/dep/fd/...html?id=660337
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