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Finland picks Lockheed Martin for fighter jet purchase, the best possible deal and selection
"The price-quality ratio is good," he said at an afternoon press conference, flanked by Prime Minister Sanna Marin (SDP) and military top brass. Military officials said that the F-35 had received by far the highest score in an internal evaluation process.
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She noted that the two Left Alliance ministers had sought a commitment that the projected price tag of €10 billion would not be exceeded. The planes themselves are to cost just under half of the overall package.... along with another 1,500 person-years of work indirectly [t]he deal will bring an estimated 100 manufacturing and assembly jobs for Finnish defence contractor Patria in the towns of Jämsä and Nokia.
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By choosing Lockheed, Finland opted to remain with a US manufacturer, as it has for nearly three decades. In early 1992, just after the collapse of the Soviet Union, Finland decided to buy 57 F-18 Hornet fighter jets from US firm McDonnell Douglas.
Lockheed Martin Signs Contract for 64 F-35 Fighters With Finland
In October 2020, the US Congress was notified about a possible deal with Finland on F-35s and related weapons and equipment. Apart from the F-35s, the Finnish Defense Ministry also considered four other options, including the Boeing F/A-18 Super Hornet, Dassault Rafale, Eurofighter Typhoon, and Saab Gripen.
by Cat on Fri Dec 10th, 2021 at 10:49:24 PM EST
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Yeah, most people were afraid of this. Ever since F-35 was one of the options regardless of not being in any way suitable for Finnish needs, it kinda was obvious the people with hard-on for NATO wanted it.

Still no-one expected 64 with weapons package being available with that price. And there's still strong suspicion the 250 million per year allocated for actually flying them will cover the costs.

But if 10 billion worth of hangar queens is what the best and the brightest in this country want for a "credible defense", that's what they'll get.

by pelgus on Sat Dec 11th, 2021 at 12:30:19 AM EST
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10 billion (number with lots of zeros at the end) / 6000 worker-years = the workers will each get paid 1.6 million Euros per year. Not bad.
by asdf on Sat Dec 11th, 2021 at 01:46:16 AM EST
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by generic on Sat Dec 11th, 2021 at 10:36:50 AM EST
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