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  • Norway has transferred two ships from the Border Guard to the Royal Norwegian Navy.

    The two Reine-class (Magnus Lagabøte and Olav Tryggvason) ships were originally built for the Sea Home Guard, but transferred to the Border Guard as inshore patrol ships in 2013. Now they have been transferred to the Navy as support ships. The main objective is as a support ship for mine clearance divers, the submarine force and Hugin UUV systems.

    These ships will be the main support ships of the Navy until KNM Maud, a 27,500 ton sister to the new RFA Tide-class fleet tankers will be delivered and commissioned later this spring.

    https://www.aldrimer.no/marinen-far-...gistikkfartoy/
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Reine-class_patrol_vessel

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    • Norway is big on intelligence. From a 2013 NSA memo: Norwegian intelligence service is currently ranked among the top two foreign partners for technical SIGINT.

      https://theintercept.com/document/20...ay-april-2013/

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      • UK and Norway plan sub-hunting co-operation

        https://ukdefencejournal.org.uk/uk-a...-co-operation/

        The allies ramped up discussions around how the nations will work together and might deploy their submarine-hunting aircraft fleet in the future. Areas of co-operation could range from maintenance to training and operations, which would not only cut costs but also boost operational power in the North Atlantic, a key area of submarine activity.

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        • German newspapers say that Norway is about to order PMMC G5 vehicles from FFG.
          https://hardthoehenkurier.de/index.p...-nach-norwegen
          The vehicle:
          https://www.ffg-flensburg.de/en/ligh...stems/pmmc-g5/

          Also this company has won a contract to improve the powerpack of M113 and M577 vehicles of the Norwegian Army.

          I somehow do not get it. On the one hand they order a modern replacement for the M113 on the other hand they modernize their old vehicles. Why not just completly replacing them and skipping the modernisation?

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          • This vehicle is known as/used to be known as M113F4, and is supposed to be the base of several types of new support vehicles (Arthur carrier, SHORAD with IRIS-T missiles, EW, logistics support – about 75-150 vehicles), but it was decided to outsource the production rather than let the Army’s technical workshop in Bjerkvik handle it, probably because the earlier Project 5026 was completed way behind schedule. It was announced that FFG had won the contract for the production of these vehicles in March 2018 (though so far, they've only received an order for a single prototype), and I guess they’ve decided to make some improvements to the design that makes it more similar to their G5. The reason why the remaining 200-300 or so M113s aren’t being upgraded to this configuration is most likely because it would cost too much.

            Anyway, good times for FFG. In addition to this contract, they're also producing 6 Wisent 2 ARVs for the Norwegian Army, and will probably receive an order for 6 more in the AEV configuration to replace the NM189 INGPVs.
            Last edited by Laser Shark; 02-06-2018, 11:02 AM. Reason: The SHORAD variant has IRIS T missiles, not ESSM...

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            • http://www.janes.com/article/81277/n...s-tank-upgrade

              Not good news😞

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              • Originally posted by MikeKiloPapa View Post
                While I think it makes sense to ditch the somewhat limited Leo 2 upgrade envisioned in P5050 in favor of a better tank/upgrade, there aren't really any reasons to postpone this until 2020-25 aside from budgetary reasons. Sadly, Erna just doesn’t seem to care all that much about NATO’s 2% goal, and is more interested in spending less oil money atm. That said, the opposition parties have also been pushing this issue for a while now, and there will be a final battle over this in the Storting next autumn, so there is still a glimmer of hope for those who want new tanks sooner rather than later, but I'm not getting my hopes up.

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                • The sad statistic is that there are only 30/52 tanks actually operational. Still, think positive, there's a few hundred more US Marines on the way.

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                  • Originally posted by JohninMK View Post
                    The sad statistic is that there are only 30/52 tanks actually operational.
                    That’s as many tanks as the army needs under the current stricture (2 companies + a single tank platoon in KESK), and it’s been like that way for over a decade now. However, as the 2nd battalion is intended to be converted into a reserve mechanized battalion, the question is if they’ll be able to outfit a third tank company for it, even if only for a few weeks every year when the unit will be assembled for training...

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                    It's been decided that the Vard Langsten shipyard will build the three new Jan Mayen OPVs . With a displacement of 9 800 ton, the new OPVs will be the largest in the Norwegian Coast Guard. More info here (use the translate function): https://www.tu.no/artikler/norsk-ver...liarder/440742

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                    Supacat delivers the first production HMT Extenda Vehicle to Norway: https://supacat.com/newsevents/news/...tenda-vehicle/

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                    • Contact signature in Project 5044 "Light Utility Vehicles for the Home Guard" - VW Amarok becomes the new light utility vehicle of the Home Guard!

                      Today, Norwegian Defense Material has entered into a framework agreement with Harald A. Møller and has placed an initial order of 360 light utility vehicles for the Home Guard. The contract signature is an important milestone in the project.

                      152 vehicles will be delivered in the second half of 2019 and the subsequent 208 vehicles by 2020.

                      Two vehicles can carry a Home Guard squad of 8 soldiers in full combat equipment, including weapons, squad's equipment and supplies for 48 hours. Furthermore, vehicles can be driven with a B certificate and be unarmored. The operating profile indicates that the vehicles must be used primarily on asphalt and forest roads.

                      The vehicles have 140 hp, 6-speed manual gearbox and 937 kg payload. It includes both civilian and military towing hitches. The Armed Forces version is almost equal to civilian off the shelf with only a few necessary military adaptations, such as communication equipment.

                      The vehicles are intended for the rapid response units of the Norwegian Home Guard.

                      On the pictures are Brigadier Morten Eggen (Chief of Defense Material Land capacity), Major General Eirik Kristoffersen (Chief of the Home Guard) and Håkon Wirak Director of Harald. A. Møller AS.

                      The signing of the contract was conducted at Lutvann camp of Rapid Response Force Derby, HV-02.
                      Source: https://nb-no.facebook.com/permalink...962345&__xts__

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                      • Norway has ordered a second batch of WiSENT 2 armoured vehicles, this time in an armoured engineer vehicle variant.

                        https://www.monch.com/mpg/news/land/...r-wisent2.html

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                        Also, to correct what I wrote earlier about the ACSV: FFG's head of sales and project development has confirmed that this is indeed a variant of their G5, and not merely an M113F4 with a few G5 features as I initially suspected.

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                        • Any idea how many Wisent will make up this second batch?

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                          • We've probably ordered 6 new AEVs as that was the number mentioned in the MoD's proposition.

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                            • After reading up on some things about Norwegian defense; I'm a bit confused. How is it that Norway only has 1 brigade? Does majority of defense spending go to the air Force and Navy? It seems like a huge undertaking in the last 15 years keeping your Kosovo/Iraq/Afghanistan with just 1 brigade

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                              • Btw, are the Coastal Rangers (KJK) still a thing?

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