In 2008, when Norway was to buy new military aircrafts, the choise was either Swedish JAS 39 Gripen or American F 35.
One component on JAS Gripens radar equipment (asea) was to be imported from US, which required a special permission. According to documents that Wikileaks has published, the Americans delibrity delayed the permission in order to gain an advantage in the struggle for the contract with Norway.
“We propose that we postpone the decision about the asea permission for Gripen until after the Norwegian decision” was the text in one document.
Another document says that the Americans felt certain to get the contract after putting pressure on the Norwegian government, even before an official decision had been made.
“We must continue to act as an honorable and elegant competitor” was the content in a document the American embassy in Oslo sent to Washington according to the daily newspaper Dagens Nyheter.
The Norwegian government denies however that a decision was in fact made in advance or that they had given any kind of advance notice to neither Sweden nor US.
Swedish Minister for Defense Sten Tolgfors says to DN that he will not contact the Norwegian government after the new information since they respect their decision. He also says they had communication after the decision to buy F 35 and that they came to different conclusions about technical and economical aspects of JAS Gripen.
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