Finland has struck a deal with America’s Lockheed Martin to buy a total of 64 F-35 fighter jets. The Finnish media is calling the €10 bn contract the largest of its kind in the country’s history.
The US aircrafts are scheduled to replace Finland’s Hornets, which will be gradually decommissioned beginning in 2025. This decision has made the Scandinavian state a part of nations like Norway and Denmark as well as the Netherlands, Belgium, Italy, Poland, the UK, Italy, and the Netherlands.
Lockheed Martin’s F-35 was competing with jets manufactured by Saab AB, Dassault Aviation, and Boeing, as well as the European Eurofighter Typhoon.
The whopping €10 bn contract reportedly covers not only the procurement of the jets but also the creation of technical and training infrastructure in Finland, spare parts, and weapons.
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