The country’s minister of defence, Ine Eriksen Søreide, said Norway would spend 3.6 billion kroner on building Norway’s first anti-aircraft battery and modernising its squadron of German-made Leopard 2 tanks, amongst other defence projects.
Several defence experts in Norway have been calling for more troops and better capabilities close to the Russian border. Continue reading
BODO, Norway — From his command post burrowed deep into a mountain of quartz and slate north of the Arctic Circle, the 54-year-old commander of the Norwegian military’s operations headquarters watches time flowing backward, pushed into reverse by surging Russian military activity redolent of East-West sparring during the Cold War.
“I am what you could call a seasoned Cold Warrior,” the commander, Lt. Gen. Morten Haga Lunde, said, speaking in an underground complex built to withstand a nuclear blast. As a result, he added, he is not too alarmed by increased Russian military activity along NATO’s northern flank.
After a long hiatus following the December 1991 collapse of the Soviet Union, when Moscow grounded its strategic bombers for lack of fuel, spare parts and will to project power, President Vladimir V. Putin’s newly assertive Russia “is back to normal behavior,” General Lunde said. Continue reading