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Norway tests F-35 drag chute

22nd February 2018 - 15:30 GMT | by The Shephard News Team


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The Royal Norwegian Air Force has carried out testing of its F-35 drag chute system at Ørland Air Force Base in Norway.

The drag chute system is unique to Norway’s F-35. The chute is housed under a small fairing on the upper rear fuselage between the vertical tails. It is being added in order to rapidly decelerate the aircraft when landing on Norway’s icy runways in challenging wind conditions.

Three aircraft have been delivered under Norway’s F-35 programme. The country is set to now receive six aircraft annually up until, and including, 2024.

Maj Gen Morten Klever, program director for the F-35 program in Norway's Ministry of Defence, said: ‘Receiving the first three aircraft in November 2017 was a major milestone for Norway. The programme delivers on all key criteria: time, cost and performance.

‘Through the verification of the production version of the drag chute on our production model of the F-35, the weapons system is expected to fully qualify for arctic conditions this spring.’

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