Norway has deployed four F-35 fighter jets to Iceland, contributing to NATO’s air surveillance mission in the region.
As of January 14, the Norwegian contingent is operating out of Keflavík Air Base, Iceland, with the F-35 fighter aircraft scheduled to conduct NATO Air Policing sorties until mid-February.
This deployment represents the fourth instance of Norway employing its fifth-generation jets in this mission and the first of three such Allied fighter deployments scheduled for Iceland in 2024.
The operational readiness of the Norwegian detachment includes two F-35s on 24/7 stand-by at Keflavík, prepared to scramble in response to any unidentified aircraft. These sorties are critical for training and maintaining territorial integrity of NATO airspace in the High North.
Under NATO’s Air Policing arrangements, overseen by Allied Air Command at Ramstein, Germany, all NATO Allies contribute collectively to air policing missions across European airspace. The Royal Norwegian Air Force, from its base in Evenes, some 1400 kms north of Oslo, continuously monitors its own and adjacent airspace, with F-35s ready to scramble around the clock.
These deployments are crucial for training interceptors and ensuring the safety and security of Icelandic airspace.