In the Report to the Storting (the Norwegian Parliament) no. 38 (2006-2007) the Norwegian Armed Forces
and the manufacturing industries – strategic partners, the government’s strategy for strengthening the industrial political aspects of the Norwegian Armed Forces materiel investments was outlined. Based on the needs of the Armed Forces, the strategy for the industrial political aspects of the Armed Forces’ acquisitions shall contribute to increased national wealth creation and to the development of a competitive industry, and also provide the Armed Forces with the necessary access to expertise, materiel and services. Furthermore, the strategic collaboration between the Armed Forces, research and development environments and industry shall be strengthened. The collaboration will include national and international projects.
One of the main elements in the strategy is early dialogue between the parties, including communication of short-term and long-term materiel needs. In the Report to the Storting it is stated, among other things, that the MoD will work towards ensuring “… that the Armed Forces and the manufacturing industries share information about industrial options for the Armed Forces’ planned acquisitions at the earliest possible juncture”. It is further stated that the collaboration between the Armed Forces and the manufacturing industries shall “… be based on the existing materiel plans…”.
A central feature of the materiel planning is the annual preparation of long-term materiel plans (LTMP). The plan outlines priorities and focus areas related to the Defence Sector’s materiel investments and has an eight-year time frame. Based on the LTMP the MoD now publishes an overview of future acquisitions for the Norwegian Armed Forces (FANAF) for 2010-2017. The purpose of this is to give the manufacturing industries an early insight into possible materiel investments and so contribute to developing Norwegian manufacturing industries’ ability to support the needs of the Armed Forces. At the same time, FANAF 2010-2017 will strengthen Norwegian manufacturing industries’ chances of participating in international materiel collaboration and ensure that Norwegian companies obtain the best chance to be able to supply materiel and services to the Armed Forces, where this is considered appropriate.
The Armed Forces’ materiel investments are subject to decisions and approval including those of the MoD and the Storting. At the time of publishing FANAF 2010 – 2017 contains descriptions of projects that are not currently formally approved in accordance with approval procedures. The projects are therefore categorised as possible projects (POP) and planned projects (PP). The MoDs feel that it is important to emphasise that while a project is in the possible or planned project portfolio that there will always be a level of uncertainty related to whether the project will be carried out. By making the user of the FANAF 2010 – 2017 report aware of this uncertainty, the MoD is attaching reservations to whether an individual project will be approved and also regarding the ultimate content and extent of the project.
Approved projects (AP) will not be discussed in the FANAF. Information about projects in this category can be found, among other places, on the home page of the Norwegian Defence Logistics Organisation (NDLO).