Norway’s parliament has approved the start of negotiations to purchase up to 56 Lockheed Martin F-35As, but the Defense Ministry must return in spring 2011 to seek authorization to negotiate a final contract. Norway hopes to sign a deal by 2014, allowing deliveries to begin in 2016. Norway’s Kongsberg has signed an agreement with Lockheed to cooperate on integrating its anti-ship Joint Strike Missile on the F-35. The ministry awarded a contract for the first phase of development in April. ...

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