Eight new fighter jets to be part of Falcon Deploy exercise at Evenes

F-35Photo: Ned Alley / NTB
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On Wednesday, Norway’s new F-35 fighter planes land at Evenes airport to participate in the exercise Falcon Deploy, which will last for three weeks.

The exercise is part of preparing the F-35 for NATO’s emergency preparedness (QRA preparedness) from Evenes from January 1.

The increased level of activity around Evenes airport will increase noise levels around the clock, the Armed Forces warned in a press release.

At the same time, they emphasized that the activity these three weeks will have a greater scope than the normal level from January 1 next year.

Eight fighter jets

Up to eight F-35s will participate in the exercises for the next three weeks, the Armed Forces stated.

Around 200 people will participate in the exercise, in addition to the around 300 defense employees who work at Evenes today.

The Falcon Deploy exercise is an important exercise for the Air Force, as it will prepare the F-35s as a system and the Air Force’s base Evenes for the upcoming QRA mission. 

As early as January 2022, the F-35 will take over the mission from today’s F-16s, Air Force commander Rolf Folland noted.

During the exercise, the fighter jets will use the Halkavarre firing range in Porsanger.

Source: © NTB Scanpix / #Norway Today / #NorwayTodayNews

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