Successful F-35 drag chute test in Norway

Drag chute on Norwegian F-35 February 2018, Ørland. Credit: The Royal Norwegian Air Force
Drag chute on Norwegian F-35 February 2018, Ørland. Credit: The Royal Norwegian Air Force

While The US Air Force is completing another round of cold-weather testing of the F-35A at Eielson Air Force Base in Alaska, Norway completed a successful verification of the drag chute system at Ørland Air Force Base in Norway Feb. 16.

"Receiving the first three aircraft in November 2017 was a major milestone for Norway. The program 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," said Maj. Gen. Morten Klever, Program Director for the F-35 program in Norway's Ministry of Defense.

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        Successful F-35 drag chute test in Norway         Credit: The Royal Norwegian Air Force    

Video can be watched on youtube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q5aPvJakASc 

The chute — unique to the Norwegian aircraft — is housed under a small fairing on the upper rear fuselage between the vertical tails. It is being added in order to rapidly decelerate Royal Norwegian Air Force F-35s after landing on the country’s icy runways when there are challenging wind conditions. Other country’s may adopt the system.

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        Norway completed a successful verification of the drag chute system at Ørland Air Force Base in Norway February 16th.         Credit: Royal Norwegian Air Force    

The Royal Norwegian Air Force had three aircraft delivered to Norway, Ørland in November 2017. Norway will receive six aircraft annually from 2018-24.