The Norwegian Government has proposed a significant funding boost for the Norwegian Armed Forces in its 2018 budget.
The government aims to increase funding by Nkr3bn ($379.8m), with Nkr2bn ($253.2m) being used to address measures recommended by the Long Term Plan for the period 2017–2020.
The Long Term Plan is being implemented in three phases to ensure a sustainable balance between resources, capabilities and ambitions.
Funding will be supplied to address shortfalls in maintenance, spare parts and stockpiling, as well as to implement the second phase of the plan.
Phase II of the plan includes improving readiness levels, increasing manning in the nation’s combat units and developing training and exercise levels.
The proposed budget also includes funding for the acquisition of three new coast guard vessels, participation in international operations, and hosting Nato’s high visibility exercise, Trident Juncture, next year.
The government is also focused on increasing manning of the frigates and sailing, acquiring ground-based air defence capabilities for the army and establishing a new ranger company in Finnmark.
The increase in funding will also support Armed Forces’ transition from F-16 to F-35 combat aircraft.
The first phase of the plan began earlier this year, with increased allocations to maintenance, spare parts and stockpiling.
Expected to begin in 2019, Phase III of the plan provides new strategic capabilities to maintain situational awareness and control in the high north.