Their military is struggling to make ends meet with current budgets.
In nearly all operational communities.
Their rigged decision to go with the F-35 as an F-16 replacement stated that it was the lowest cost solution. Interesting as the Gripen has an operating cost between $5000-$7000 (USD) per hour.
They bought the F-35 Thana-Marketing scheme.
All of it.
Now they say there is room for doubt. Although they do it by blaming U.S. politicians and do not mention that the F-35 program is riddled with engineering problems and has poor project management.
"...the politicians in the United States must stay strong on the programme."
This is right out of the Lockheed Martin play-book: blame the politician. It isn't our fault.
F-35 cheerleaders in the U.S. and Canada have played this card. LM's Tom Burbage played it in front of Australian politicians recently claiming the majority blame with the F-35 program is politicians not handing over the money for mistake-jets on schedule.
As for the drag-chutes Norway needs, they appear in Block 4.
In other news, Inside Defense (subscription) is reporting that low-rate-production-batch 4 (LRIP-4) for the F-35 will go over cost by $534M.
...a 12.5 percent increase propelled by an estimated $289 million in additional costs to correct deficiencies uncovered during F-35 flight testing, according to the Defense Department.
Not too may years ago, bluster in the F-35 program claimed that modelling and simulation created a new way of doing aircraft development. Where, flight test was only there to verify what they already knew.
An LM-paid marketeer (Loren Thompson) from The Lexington Institute even stated that one of the major problems with the program was the DOD performing unnecessary tests.
Given the lack of F-35 program maturity, I don't think that claim by the faith-based community is valid.