Well said! Totally agree with you.Guys, It's not BS from their stand point... it's what they believe and we should let them hold that opinion. I'm personally more happy than sad that they didn't select Gripen but I'll leave out why.
But let's finally put this into perspective OK since someone thought it was worth posting here and so it should not go unanswered. Those who disagree with me, or other posters on this page can preferably take their comments to another thread.
Norway trust the F-35 to be the better alternative for Norwegian ambitions and operational requirements for the period 2020-2050 and that might very well be true. Simple as that. Unlike the Netherlands, Norway has not let a supreme auditor look into the matter so trust is key here.
They make it clear that their opinion on use and costs is only relevant to Norway, they will also get a unique F-35 version with a drag chute and we have no idea what extra costs such a design would have. They also say the Gripen offer is better than their F-16s, they say that system could better suit other countries, and they say the calculated costs is not comparable to other countries due to unique Norwegian operational requirements.
So that is what they believe, and it has little to do with anything else.
We have no idea what kind of missions the jets would solve and what type of sensors and weapons could be used, the Swedish side has not been told either and not what type of parameters were used. If the priority was to hide, sneek around and avoid a fight then the F-35 would come out on top all the time yes. Did they judge self-protection and electronic attack to be useless in the future... we simply don't know because the details of their decision has not been communicated.
We do know they looked for another type of aircraft (which is only part of a decision) and did change the operational requirements late in the competition to favor a stealthy aircraft (this is when Eurofighter left). The Danish auditor has commented recently that the Norwegian cost calculations look surprisingly high compared to their own ongoing calculations so those numbers will be interesting to see. It's not just that Norway didn't trust the Swedish price offer they also inflated the F-35 LCC costs.