More than a year after proposing a package of 20 Eurofighters for Spain under Project Halcon, Airbus still awaits a production contract.
Eurofighter updates HX programme proposal
Eurofighter has updated its proposal for Finland’s HX fighter acquisition programme, BAE Systems announced on 31 January.
The proposal has been submitted by the UK government with the support of the governments of Germany, Italy and Spain - the nations which are currently represented in the Eurofighter industry consortium.
The proposal offers Finland sovereign control of its defence capability and security of supply as well as a combat proven, swing-role aircraft.
Under the HX fighter acquisition programme, Finland is set to replace the Finnish Air Force's F-18 Hornet aircraft fleet.
John Rossall, campaign director, BAE Systems, said: ‘We are delighted to present our updated proposal to Finland on behalf of the Eurofighter consortium. Our proposal is an invitation to Finland to join leading nations in Europe with a shared defence objective.
‘By choosing Eurofighter, the Finnish Air Force would not only be acquiring the most advanced, multi-role aircraft on the market, it would be choosing everything Finland needs to operate, maintain and control its own aircraft in peacetime and in times of crisis.’
In January, Eurofighter took part in the HX Challenge Flight Evaluation Trials, led by the Finnish Defence Forces in Tampere. The trials saw two Royal Air Force jets perform over a five-day period to demonstrate its capabilities .
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