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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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