Finland orders 65 F-35 fighter jets.
Image Credit: US Air Force/Staff Sgt. Chris Drzazgowski
The Finnish military has just confirmed to the Finish government its decision to choose the F-35 jets. The Finnish government will purchase a total of 65 Lockheed Martin F-35 fighter jets worth 10 billion dollars. The fighter jets will replace the current F/A-18 fighter jets.
Before arriving to decision to buy fighter jets from Lockheed Martin they were looking at the fighter jets from France’s Dassault and Britain’s BAE Systems, US rival Boeing and Sweden’s Saab.
In a news conference the Finnish Defense Minister explained briefly why they chose the F-35 jets.
When comparing military performance, the F-35 best met our needs.Defence Minister Antti Kaikkonen
The choice will continue to strengthen Finland ties with NATO. The country even though not a member of NATO, has worked closely with the organization.
More details to follow.