Ørland Air Station is Norway's main F-35 base. The F-35 fleet will be fully operational in 2025, when Norway has received all its 52 aircraft. The implementation of F-35 will change the Norwegian Armed Forces fundamentally. Most of the F-35 operate from Ørland, while NATO’s Quick Reaction Alert (QRA) is carried out from Evenes Air Base in northern Norway.
From 2023 on, Norway’s current P-3 Orion maritime surveillance aircraft will be replaced by five new P-8 Poseidon. The new aircraft will operate from Evenes Air Base.
Station Group Gardermoen, north of Oslo, is home to Norway's C-130J Hercules transport aircraft, while Rygge Air Base and Bardufoss Air Station are home to the Bell 412 helicopters. The Air Force also operates Norway’s rescue helicopter service from various bases across the country.