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Norway has begun testing of the braking parachute for use on on its fleet of Lockheed Martin F-35As on 16 April. The initial phase of the tests is being conducted at Edwards Air Force Base (AFB) in order to evaluate how the drogue parachute would function on dry and wet runways. The second phase, running until early 2018 at Eielson AFB in Alaska, will see the performance of parachute braking system on icy runways. All trials will be performed with test aircraft AF-2. 

Norwegian Ministery of Defence stated that being able to operate fighter aircraft under varying weather conditions is critical for their operational capability and that they rely on the F-35 to operate in extreme winter conditions, just like the F-16s. Norway expect to take delivery of the first F-35 in November 2017.

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