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Finland’s HX contest heats up as final offers arrive

30th April 2021 - 12:00 GMT | by Tim Martin in London

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Finland is soon to retire its fleet of Boeing F/A-18C/D fighter jets. (Photo: Finnish MoD)

Finnish decision-makers get ready to select a manufacturer to replace the country's F/A-18C/D fighter fleet.

Finland has moved a significant step closer to selecting an aircraft under its €9.4 billion ($11.4 billion) HX fighter competition after receiving best and final offers from five bidders.

Those offers arrived on 29 April from France (Rafale), Sweden (Gripen E and GlobalEye), the UK (Eurofighter Typhoon), and the US (F/A-18E/F Super Hornet Block III and EA-18G Growler on behalf of Boeing and the F-35A from Lockheed Martin).

Helsinki has always made clear to industry that HX considerations and assessments are based on four specific areas: multirole fighter capabilities; security of supply; industrial participation; and costs. …

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