Finland: start ot the procedures for the new fighter
Saab Gripen is favored because of the collaboration between the two countries
Five offers from the United States, Sweden, France and the United Kingdom were submitted for the new aircraft for the Finnish Air Force. Finland has started a fleet modernization program putting 11.4 billion euros on the plate in order to identify the substitute of the dated Boeing F/A-18C/D Hornet by 2029, which will be replaced by 64 multirole aircraft chosen at the end of the evaluation of proposals received by the Ministry of Defense. The proposed fighters are -to the local press- the Boeing F/A-18E/F Super Hornet, the Lockheed Marting F-35, the Dassault Rafale, the Eurofighter Typhoon and the Saab Gripen E/F; these will be assessed initially on the basis of the offers received, which also include costs related to training systems, basic maintenance, spare parts and part of the armaments. In a second moment, from the second half of 2019, the actual examination of the aircraft will begin, with tests first in the simulators and then in flight in order to approve the acquisition in 2021.
The favorite seems to be the aircraft produced by the Swedish Saab, mainly because between Sweden and Finland there is a wide and historical cooperation in the industrial field and probably part of the production of the Gripen would be carried out by the Finnish companies.
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