Finland | F-35 wins with an order of 64 fighters
Defence Redefined
Published on 10/12/2021 at 18:45

The F-35A was declared winner in Finland and it is to replace the old F/A-18 Hornets. 

The Finnish Air Force will acquire a total of 64 F-35As Block 4. This is the latest version of the US 5th generation fighter. The acquisition process will be implemented by way of an interstate agreement through the Foreign Military Sales (FMS) program.

The weapons package that accompanies the order includes the following air-to-air and air-to-ground weapons: AMRAAM, Sidewinder missiles, SDB I and II bombs, JDAM family weapons as well as JSM and JASSM-ER long-range stand-off missiles.

The budget of the Finnish Ministry of Defence under the new fighter program amounts to €10 billion. Initially, the cost of procurement amounts to €8.378 billion, of which the acquisition cost of all 64 F-35 Block 4 fighters amounts to €4.703 billion. The “fly away” unit price amounts to 73.48 million euros per Block 4 fighter jet.

The remaining cost of €3.675 billion includes the cost of acquiring weapons, technical support, and training. In particular, an initial weapons package including AMRAAM and Sidewinder missiles of €576.6 million is included as well as technical support and training costs of €2,920 billion by 2030.

In addition to the final cost, an additional €777 million is added for industrial participation costs, new infrastructure, and facilities as well as the amount of €823.8 million that has – since the beginning – been intended for the program of new fighters acquisition (HX program) regarding the procurement of additional air-to-ground weapons.

The total cost of all the above (acquisition costs in fly away prices, costs of weapons, support, infrastructure, industrial participation, and additional weapons) amounts to €9.997 billion, i.e. the amount that was budgeted under the program of €10 billion by the Finnish Ministry Defence.

The first aircraft are expected to be delivered in 2025 to begin pilot training, while the first are expected to be delivered in Finland in 2026.

The Commander of the Finnish Air Force, Pasi Jokinen, said the F-35 scored the highest in all missions. Overall, the jet scored 4.47 on the capability assessment, exceeding the 4.0 requirement. The next highest score achieved was merely 3.81.

Also read: Finland | Final Offers for its new fighter – Selection Criteria





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