The Norwegian Ministry of Defence has released the first images of testing ots the new drag chute for the F-35A.
The chute — unique to the Norwegian aircraft — is housed in a small hump on the upper rear fuselage between the vertical tails. It is being added in order to rapidly decelerate Royal Norwegian Air Force F-35s after landing on the country’s short, icy runways. Other country’s may adopt the system.
The biggest challenge for the program was to develop a pod that did not degrade the F-35’s stealth capabilities and aerodynamics. The system is now is development test at Edwards AFB, California.