Norway begins the deployment of F-35 fighters in Iceland in 2024
Norwegian F-35

With its F-35s stationed at Evenes Air Base, the Royal Norwegian Air Force also plays a crucial role in policing Norwegian and adjacent airspace.
January 13, 2024, in War zone

Norwegian F-35 fighter jets operate from Iceland on NATO air policing missions.

From 15 January to mid-February 2024, Norway deployed four F-35 fighter jets to Keflavík Air Base, Iceland, marking its fourth participation in NATO air policing missions. This deployment is part of a broader NATO effort to secure airspace in the High North region.

The Norwegian contingent is the first of three deployments planned for 2024. Within its operation in Iceland, two F-35s will be on constant alert, ready to secure airspace 24/7. Operations include training and alert flights, such as identifying unrecognized aircraft, a vital measure for the territorial integrity of NATO ally Iceland.

Under the NATO air policing arrangements, overseen by the Allied Air Command in Ramstein, Germany, allied countries collectively contribute to the policing of European airspace. With its F-35s stationed at Evenes Air Base, the Royal Norwegian Air Force also plays a crucial role in policing Norwegian and adjacent airspace.

Since 2008, NATO member countries have rotated the deployment of fighter aircraft to Iceland. This joint effort not only provides security to Icelandic airspace but also strengthens Iceland’s integration into NATO Air Policing operations and trains air interceptors.

FAQs

Why did Norway deploy F-35 aircraft to Iceland?

Norway deployed F-35 fighter jets to Iceland as part of its participation in NATO air-policing missions. This is part of a broader NATO effort to secure airspace in the High North region.

How many F-35 aircraft were deployed, and what are their functions?

Norway deployed four F-35 fighter jets to Iceland. Two of these aircraft will be on constant alert, ready to secure the airspace 24/7.

Who oversees NATO air policing operations in Iceland?

Allied Air Command in Ramstein, Germany, oversees NATO air policing operations in Iceland.

What role does the Royal Norwegian Air Force play in airspace surveillance?

The Royal Norwegian Air Force is crucial in policing Norwegian and adjacent airspace.

Since when have fighter jets been deployed to Iceland?

Since 2008, NATO member countries have rotated the deployment of fighter jets to Iceland.