The Eurofighter consortium has received a formal request from the Finnish Defense Forces to send a Best and Final Offer (BAFO) for the purchase of an HX fighter to replace the Finnish Air Force’s F-18 Hornet.
“Finland has a unique, once-a-generation opportunity to strengthen European co-operation in the European aerospace industry, defense and security by joining the continent’s largest defense industry consortium,” said Jeremy Quin, the UK Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs.
“We believe that in addition to military and industrial interests, the Eurofighter offer, supported by partner countries, includes everything that Finland needs for the independent operation, maintenance and management of its machines,” Quin continued.
The consortium is supported by three of the world’s largest defense players, Airbus, BAE Systems and Leonardo.
“Eurofighter offers Finland and its industry unprecedented access to technology and independent performance, as well as creating high-skilled jobs and wealth,” said Herman Claesen, CEO of Eurofighter.
In 2020, Eurofighter partner countries committed to investing in technology that will keep the fighter’s combat capability at the forefront of competition for the 2060s. The German Air Force has committed to acquire 38 new Eurofighter aircraft to form the core of its future air defense. The United Kingdom has promised to invest in finishing a new, advanced electronically scanning radar.
The latest investment will further improve the performance of nearly 500 Eurofighter fighters in the Air Force of five European countries. A common threat and military demands make Eurofighter a strong alternative to Finland.
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