Norway has declared the F-35A operational after a two-year operational test and evaluation phase, becoming the eighth armed service globally to pass the milestone with the Lockheed Martin-built stealth fighter. The initial operational capability (IOC) declaration clears Norway’s F-35As to deploy next year to Iceland to perform air policing for NATO. The milestone also keeps Norway’s F-35As on track to assume the “quick reaction alert” mission within NATO by 2022 ...

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