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Lockheed Martin fighter dominance reaches new heights with Finland F-35 selection

13th December 2021 - 15:52 GMT | by Tim Martin in Belfast

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The F-35A continues to dominate European fighter procurements. (Photo: Norwegian MoD)

Following local media reports that Finland had selected the F-35 as the winner of HX, official confirmation now means Lockheed Martin has an even tighter grip on the European fighter market.

Finland has selected Lockheed Martin’s F-35 for the country’s €9.4 billion ($10.9 billion) HX programme, bolstering the manufacturer’s remarkable European procurement track record.  

The decision means Finland will now order 64 F-35A CTOL Block 4 standard jets to replace ageing Boeing F/A-18 C/D Hornets, with initial deliveries of the new aircraft set to begin in 2026.

Setting out the reasons behind the selection of the F-35A, Finland explained that the fifth-generation fighter was ‘the best’ in the category of military capability and met security of supply, industrial participation and affordability requirements.

‘The F-35 operating and sustainment costs

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