Finnish Air Force eyes F-35 as future mainstay -HS, YLE




 
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November 13th, 2008  
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Topic: Finnish Air Force eyes F-35 as future mainstay -HS, YLE


Finnish Air Force eyes F-35 as future mainstay -HS, YLE

12.11.2008 at 15:29 The Finnish Air Force is keen on Anglo-American stealth strike fighter F-35 as a potential replacement of the McDonnell Douglas F/A-18, the FAF's current mainstay, Finnish national daily Helsingin Sanomat and the Finnish Broadcasting Company (YLE) reported on Wednesday.
HS and YLE quoted the FAF as saying that a political decision on replaceing the F/A-18s would ideally be made in 2015, that is, about half way through the fleet's service life.
Major-General Jarmo Lindberg, the commander of the FAF, said the cheapest version of the F-35 costs about 70 million euros (56 million euros), or about double the unit cost of an F/A-18.
The FAF is to begin decommissioning its 63 F/A-18s in 2025, with the last aircraft due to retire five years later.
/STT/


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