10:39 Jun. 18, 2016
Oslo announces biggest army modernisation since Cold War
More Russian neighbours feel threatened due to Moscow's aggressive policy. This times Norway has announced the biggest modernisation of its military sector since the end of the Cold War. According to Deutsche Welle, Oslo is taking these security measures to protect itself from "unpredictable" Russia.
"Unfortunately, geopolitics have significantly changed in the last years - for the worse. Our eastern neighbour, which is getting more and more unpredictable, is strengthening its military capability and shows readiness to use is army as a political tool", Norway's Prime Minister Erna Solberg said.
As Solberg admitted, Norwegian army is currently not ready for the risks today's geopolitical situation poses. So the government has proposed a new law to enhance the capabilities of the country's military. The document suggests gradual increase of Norway's military budget by USD 17,5 billion during the next 20 years.
Additionally, Oslo is looking to take new weapons and vehicles on board. The country is going to buy 52 newest fighter jets F-35 and four submarines. Current patrol airplanes P-3 Orion are expected to be replaced with the latest naval surveillance aircraft.
It is reported the new law still needs to be ratified by the Norwegian Parliament.