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Friday, June 12, 2015

Finland launches new fighter jet replacement program – F-35 and four other types of aircraft being considered

F/A-18 HornetFinland announced Thursday it plans to replace its 62 F/A-18 Hornets.

A report prepared for Finland’s defence department recommended the selection of the country’s new fighter should begin in 2017/2018 with a decision on the type of plane to be purchased made by 2021.

Finland’s Minister of Defense Jussi Niinisto said at a press conference that the official decision to proceed with the procurement will be made later this year but the government would follow the report’s recommendations.

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