: NTB/The Local: Norway 'not prepared' for military attack

18:32 Apr. 12, 2016

NTB/The Local: Norway 'not prepared' for military attack

Norwegian army soldiers practice attacking a remote Arctic outpost March 7, 2013 in knee-deep snow in Skjold, Norway. (Getty Images)

Norway defence chief says army suffers from maintenance backlog, lack of spare parts and increased costs

Norway's state of readiness is too poor and the country is not sufficiently prepared for an attack. Those are the conclusions of the Norwegian Armed Forces' (Forsvaret) annual report for 2015.

According to broadcaster NRK, Chief of Defence Haakon Bruun-Hansen delivered a report to Defence Minister Ine Eriksen Søreide on Monday morning that shows that the military carries out fewer exercises than before and is thus not sufficiently prepared for an attack.

Read also Norway buys 'technologically advanced' fighting vehicles to boost armed forces

"Nato exercises and an increased presence in the Arctic have been at the expense of practice and training. The increased activity has been financed by reprioritization and that has put the whole apparatus under pressure,"Bruun-Hansen said at a Monday press conference.

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