Finland is looking for a multipurpose fighter to replace its aging fleet of F/A-18C jets.
By Richard Tomkins | April 22, 2016
HELSINKI, Finland, April 22 (UPI) — Finland’s Defense Forces Logistics Department has sent a Request for Information for the acquisition of aircraft to replace its current F/A-18 fleet.
The RFI was sent to defense officials of the United States, France, Britain and Sweden for forwarding to manufacturers, the Finnish Ministry of Defense said.
Finland is contemplating a new multipurpose fighter for operations from 2030 on. The RFIs will be used as the basis for the government to issue invitations in 2018 to bid on a contract that is expected to be awarded in 2021.
The RFIs, which will detailed information on the aircraft, avionics, weapons and servicing, must be submitted by the end of this year.
The Finnish Air Force currently operates more than 50 F/A-18C aircraft. Under its H-X project, replacement fighters are to begin entering service in 2025.
There has been a new development it seems the Fins are very bright they also asked for details of F-15 which of course the US are avoiding as the F-15 is certainly more capable than the F-35 in all areas except stealth and cheaper!
“The nordic country wants more info on the Boeing F-15 Eagle and F/A-18 Super Hornet, Dassault Rafale, Eurofighter Typhoon, Lockheed Martin F-16 and F-35, plus Saab the nex generation Gripen. The odd one in that list the F-15, a type that wasn’t widely named in the Finnish quest for a F-18 Hornet replacement before.
However, Helsinki in December did say that manufacturers were free to offer any aircraft that would fit the country’s requirements. It puts new light on the deployment of US F-15s to Finland in May.” © 2016 Airheadsfly.com editor Elmer van Hest posted 2016/04/22