US arms maker wins $11bn deal to sell F-35A jet fighters to Finland

US arms maker wins bn deal to sell F-35A jet fighters to Finland

Finland has locked a deal to purchase 64 fighter jets from US arms builder Lockheed Martin to replace its aging fleet of combat warplanes in a 10 billion-euro ($11.3 billion) transaction that represents its largest ever military acquisition.

The government of the Nordic country announced on Friday that it has picked the US company’s F-35A fighters from among five contenders that included the Boeing F-18 Super Hornet, France’s Dassault Rafale, Britain’s Eurofighter Typhoon and Sweden’s Saab Gripen.

Finnish Prime Minister Sanna Marin further declared that her government’s decision — based on a recommendation by the Finnish military — to purchase F-35A was unanimous.

“New fighters are a key part of Finland’s defense,” Marin added in a press briefing. “Fighters protect the integrity of Finnish airspace, protect society from airstrikes and support (Finnish) army and navy operations.”

The country’s Defense Ministry also stated on Friday that the price tag for the…

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