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Finland kicks off HX

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posted on Dec, 21 2015 @ 12:03 PM
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Finland has started the process of replacing their F-18 fleet. They formally notified the governments of France, Sweden, the UK, and the US that they would be contacting five manufacturers about seven types of aircraft.

The formal RFI will drop in March, with responses due by October. The RFP will be in 2018, with selection by 2021. The types they are seeking information on are the Typhoon, Rafale, Gripen, F-15, F-18, F-35, and F-16.

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posted on Dec, 21 2015 @ 02:14 PM
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a reply to: Zaphod58

I hope whatever they will buy i could sleep at night when they flyby... Actually our aircraft right now has had its expiration date so to speak. I don´t have mch good to say about our current government but our defence minister does see the problem of our capability of defending our borders and is doing something about it. I guess he is atm only minister who sees more further than next day.
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posted on Dec, 21 2015 @ 02:56 PM
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a reply to: dollukka

I wouldn't count on it, unless you can sleep through the Hornets. The F-35 is slightly louder, and the others are similar noise levels.

It's good to see him taking steps now, unlike the US. The current fleet is approaching 20 years old so it's a good time to replace them.



posted on Dec, 21 2015 @ 06:53 PM
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Seems like a big spread of aircraft, so suspect the RFI is to inform what their budget can buy?

F-16 are still available?



posted on Dec, 21 2015 @ 06:56 PM
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a reply to: Forensick

The RFI narrows down capabilities and cost and let's them narrow down cost estimates.

There are several F-16s available.
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posted on Dec, 21 2015 @ 07:34 PM
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originally posted by: Zaphod58
a reply to: Forensick

The RFI narrows down capabilities and cost and let's them narrow down cost estimates.

There are several F-16s available.


Are the F-16 new build or could that include Mitsubishi or build under licence? Is there still a production line I mean.

Surely they will go with F-35.
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posted on Dec, 21 2015 @ 11:44 PM
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All F-16s through Lockheed come from Fort Worth.



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