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  • Third Round on Jet Tender
    Third Round on Jet Tender February 3 2020
    Saab announced that the testing and evaluation phase for Gripen E / F and GlobalEye AEW&C (Airborne Early Warning & Command) aircraft has started under the third step of the jet fighter tender. As part of Finland's HX Program, Saab Gripen E/F's turn has started. The first serial production standard test aircraft, the 39-10, arrived at Tampere-Pirkkala Air Base located in the north of Helsinki on January 30. Twin seater Gripen NG 39-7, which is sensor t...
  • Eurofighter Typhoon Tests for Finland
    Eurofighter Typhoon Tests for Finland January 14 2020
    Finland, which has announced procurement programs for the replacing of aging platforms in inventory, has started to looking for alternatives for the F/A-18 Hornets. In this context, the test phase has started in the HX Program, which is planned for the trial and evaluation process of the candidate aircraft. Within the scope of the HX Program, whose total cost is estimated to reach 10 billion Euros; invitation for tender letters have been sent for Lockhe...
  • Saab Support for Pohjanmaa September 20 2019
    In accordance with Finland’s Ministry of Defence’s proposition, the Government of Finland has selected Saab as the combat system provider and integrator for the Finnish Navy’s four new Pohjanmaa-class corvettes. The Pohjanmaa-class corvette is a class of general-purpose surface combatants currently under development for the Finnish Navy as part of the Squadron 2020 (Laivue 2020) project.  Finland’s Ministry of Defence has stated that the contract is sche...
  • Deadly Gases to be Used in Drill September 18 2019
    In a first, Finland’s chemical warfare drills to have real lethal gases. Previously, the Finnish Defence Forces only used simulants instead of authentic chemical agents that fall under the UN Chemical Weapons Convention. Chemical warfare drills in Finland will, for the first time include genuine, lethal chemicals including mustard gas and Sarin, that have the ability to kill human beings even in low concentrations. The Pori Brigade unit of the Finnish Army will take part in the defence ...
  • NASA Needs Rifles
    NASA Needs Rifles July 1 2019
    The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) decided to buy magazine fed, semi-automatic light assault rifle. The procurement specifications was published in the US government’s Federal Business Opportunities website last day. Required specificaions have announced. According to this; the rifle is compatible and reliable for different tasks, as well as the different features requested. Accordingly, the weapons to be procured are required to chambered 5.56x45mm NATO ...
  • First 6X6 at Trials
    First 6X6 at Trials June 27 2019
        The Finnish Defence Forces (FDF) has taken delivery of the first of four 6×6 protected multi-purpose vehicle (PMPV) from Protolab. PMPV vehicles are currently undergoing operational testing in field conditions. The trials will allow the FDF to assess the performance of the Protolab vehicles. Positioned as a highly manoeuvrable and agile vehicle, the Protolab PMPV is designed to perform mission roles such as patrol, transport, and command post. The 6&tim...
  • ESSM to New Corvette
    ESSM to New Corvette February 22 2019
    Finland has chosen the air defence missile for the new corvettes to be procured under the Squadron 2020 Program. The platforms to be named Pohjanmaa class will be equipped with ESSM. Finnish Minister of Defence Jussi Niinistö announced the authorization of the Finnish Defence Forces Logistics Command for the procurement of missiles. The main element of the air defence system, which will be called ITO20, will be the ESSM. Missiles will also be integrated into the four Pohjanmaa ...
  • Patria: Driving the 6x6 in Lapland’s Snow February 7 2019
    With a long experience in the production of armoured wheeled vehicles, Patria of Finland is probably one of the most northern located manufacturers for this type of system. C4Defence took pride in being the only invitee to test the two prototypes in a region 100 kms away from from the Arctic Polar Circle. In Finland, where snow covers the country for a good part of the year, Patria’s Land Business unit is based in Hämeenlinna, some 80 km north of Helsinki, where the vehic...
  • More 8x8 User to Europe
    More 8x8 User to Europe October 24 2018
      Slovakia decided to purchase 8x8 armoured vehicles. The Ministry of Defence’s 8x8 Vydra decision was also approved by the Council of Ministers. The Ministry of Defence announced that the inter-departmental assessments would be completed in next week on the proposal. In the procurement process of vehicles with a customized version of the Finnish-based AMV vehicles for the needs of Slovakia, 16 companies which based in Slovakia will take place. In this way, dome...
  • Finnish Navy to Acquire Gabriels
    Finnish Navy to Acquire Gabriels July 6 2018
    Finnish Ministry of Defence authorised the Finnish Defence Forces’ Logistics Command to make an agreement on purchasing Surface-to-Surface Missile System Gabriel anti-ship missile.   The new system will replace the current anti-ship missile system MTO85M that will reach the end of its lifecycle in the 2020s. The new SSM2020 Missiles will be installed on board the Hamina Class and Squadron 2020 Class vessels and on a vehicle platform. The procurement will have an...
  • Patria 6x6 Unveiled
    Patria 6x6 Unveiled June 13 2018
    Patria, based in Finland, has introduced the new armored personnel carrier (APC) called Patria 6x6 in Eurosatory 2018. The vehicle weighs 24 tons. Patria 6x6 can carry up to 8,5 tons payoad. According to the statement made by the company, vehicle can be equipped with a wide range of weapons, including the AMOS 120 millimeter mortar system, which is already in is use Finnish Army mounted on the AMV vehicles. In the version of Patria 6x6 introduced in the Eurosator...
  • RFQ Sent Under HX Program
    RFQ Sent Under HX Program May 1 2018
    Finland issued a Request for Quotation (RFQ) on 27 April for the purchase of 64 fighter aircraft to replace the Finnish Air Force’s Hornet fleet that is to be phased out as from 2025.  Under the HX Fighter Programme, the Finnish Defence Forces' Logistics Command sent a RFQ to the governments of Great Britain, France, Sweden and the United States to be forwarded to the five companies who responded to the requests for information. The companies ...
  • Bofors 40 Boost for Hamina Class
    Bofors 40 Boost for Hamina Class February 2 2018
    BAE Systems was awarded a contract for its Bofors 40 Mk 4 naval guns under the Finnish Navy's Squadron 2000 Mid-Life Upgrade Programme (SQ2000 MLU). In the scope of this contract with Squadron 2000 main contractor Patria, the company will produce and deliver Bofors 40 Mk4 Naval Guns for the service's four Hamina-class fast attack craft (FAC). BAE Systems announced the contract on 30 January. 
  • First Export Customer for Saab's New Torpedo
    First Export Customer for Saab's New Torpedo January 4 2018
    Saab has signed a contract for production and deliveries of Saab’s New Lightweight Torpedo to the Finnish Navy, the company announced on 4 January. According to the statement, the contract is a part of the Squadron 2000 Mid-Life Upgrade Programme (SQ2000 MLU) of the Finnish Navy’s four Hamina fast attack crafts (FAC).  System integration of the torpedoes on the Hamina-class vessels will be carried out together with Patria as the prime contractor and deliveries ...
  • Joint Naval Task Group Declared IOC
    Joint Naval Task Group Declared IOC December 5 2017
    Sweden and Finland have achieved initial operational capability (IOC) for a Swedish-Finnish Naval Task Group (SFNTG), the heads of the two nations’ navies have announced on 1 December.  This announcement means the SFNTG is now able to conduct naval operations. Initiated in 2001, the cooperation between Finnish and Swedish naval forces aims for international crisis management operations and to develop the command and cooperation capabilities. The first ...
  • Finland To Buy 64 Fighter Jets
    Finland To Buy 64 Fighter Jets November 26 2017
    The Finnish Ministry of Defence revealed that it needed 64 new fighter aircraft to replace the F-A-18 Hornet fighters already in inventory. The Ministry will issue a tender for the purchase of new aircraft in 2018 and the winning aircraft will be announced in 2019.
  • Armoured Vehicle Delivery To Slovakia
    Armoured Vehicle Delivery To Slovakia November 22 2017
    Slovakia has received a new version of the Armoured Modular Vehicle (AMV) XP, developed jointly with Finland. The Finnish company Patria made the announcement on 17 November. Patria's press release said the vehicles will first be tested in Slovakia, followed by winter testing in Finland. Slovakia plans to buy up to 81 vehicles in 2018-2024.
  • Finland In Pursuit of Weapons For HX Project
    Finland In Pursuit of Weapons For HX Project October 5 2017
    Finland has sent a Request for Information (RFI) over seven countries for weapons and other equipment regarding the HX fighter project, Finnish Defence Forces announced on 5 October. The RFI aims to determine what capabilities will be available to meet Finland’s estimated future needs. Among the countries who have been sent the RFI are France, Germany, the United Kingdom, Israel, Norway, Sweden and the United States. Procurement contracts are scheduled to be signed in spring 2...
  • Howitzer Support by South to North February 18 2017
    Finland Ministry of Defence confirmed on Friday the acquisition of South Korean self-propelled howitzers. 48 K9 Thunder 155 mm self-propelled howitzers formerly belonged to Seoul’s army has been provided under a $155 million contract. Deliveries are scheduled to complete in 2024, covering all 48 systems. New howitzers will repllace Finnish Army's Soviet-era artillery systems. 
  • New Radar System to Finnish Forces January 16 2017
    According to local media reports on 12 January, Finnish Defence Forces may soon acquire a new counter artillery radar system which is to be used for the first time by Finland. The service aims to accelerate the acquisition and delivery process of the system in order to have it operational by 2020. The sources did not disclose any information regarding estimated cost of the programme.
  • Finland Seeks Combat Systems for Squadron 2020
    Finland Seeks Combat Systems for Squadron 2020 December 22 2016
    Finland commenced a pursuit of a naval combat system for the Finnish Navy’s future Squadron 2020 vessels. The Finnish Defence Forces' Logistics Command issued a Request for Proposal for 12 companies with a deadline of 13 February 2017. Finland’s Squadron 2020 project covers construction of four vessels with situation assessment, air and surface defence, mobile underwater surveillance, underwater influence and sea mine warfare capabilities. Required combat system will consist o...
  • F/A-18 Upgrade Costs $150 Million
    F/A-18 Upgrade Costs $150 Million December 6 2016
    Finland will upgrade its F/A-18s under a foreign military sales contract valued $156 million. The principal contractors will be Raytheon, Lockheed Martin, Boeing, BAE, General Electric, General Dynamics, Northrop Grumman, Rockwell Collins, ViaSat and Data Link Solutions. Finland’s Mid-Life Upgrade (MLU) program consists of 90 Multifunctional Information Distribution System Joint Tactical Radio Systems (MIDS-JTRS). Under the program, the Finnish Air Force (FAF) will enhance the aircraft&...
  • Finland Renews Training Aircraft
    Finland Renews Training Aircraft October 13 2016
    Finland is to purchase 28 used Grob G115E training aircraft from the UK-based Babcock International. The Finnish Defence Ministry announced the acquisition on 10 October, stating the contract worth as US$7.4 million. The deliveries will start at the end of 2016 and is planned to be completed through 2017. Powered by a single Lycoming AEIO-360-B1F/B piston engine, Grob G115Es will replace the force’s aging Valmet L-70 "Vinka" training aircraft.
  • ‘Squadron 2020' Began
    ‘Squadron 2020' Began October 5 2016
    Finland commenced the work on the future offshore patrol vessel (OPV) project, 'Squadron 2020'. Finnish-owned Rauma Marine Constructions (RMC) and the Finnish Defence Forces signed a letter of intent to build the four new warships for the navy, announced on the company’s website on 14 September. The project is estimated to cost $ 1,35 billion. Currently undecided, the combat system of the platform will go out to tender before 2017. 
  • İntelligence Pledge from China
    İntelligence Pledge from China September 7 2016
    Chinese Defence Minister pledged to maintain military exchanges and cooperation with Finland in a meeting held in Beijing on Monday. Emphasizing that Chinese government was ready for high-level contribution to Finland, the minister added such exchanges had improved in due course. On the other hand,  his Finnish counterpart stated that theywere  ready to improve exchanges and cooperation in such areas as personnel training and military drills.
  • Kongsberg buys almost half of Patria May 26 2016
    Finnish state-owned defence manufacturer Patria announced a plan to privatize a portion of the company by selling it to Norwegian partially state-owned defence company Kongsberg. Patria, in a written statement said, “The competition authorities have granted their approval concerning sale by State of Finland of 49.9 percent of the defence company Patria Oyj to Kongsberg Defence & Aerospace AS"  Patria said the value of the deal was 283.5 million euros ($316 millio...
  • Finnish MOD Hit by Cyber Attack April 5 2016
    Finland’s Ministry of Defence (MoD) is hit by a cyber-attack during Finnish President Sauli Niinistö meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Moscow on March 22 to discuss regional security issues and the implementation of deeper cooperation on border defence. Finland’s MoD confirmed the three hour long attack, which was the second such cyber-attack against its online IT infrastructure in 2016. The MoD responded by diverting traffic from its main site defmin.fi to a temporary site...
  • Finnish pilot and budget do not fit to aircraft November 11 2015
    Finland will make new plans to renew its aging fleet of trainer aircraft after none of the planes on offer seemed to fit. Finland assessed German model, made by Grob Aircraft but it was found expensive. Czech alternative, made by Zlin Aircraft, was economic but Finnish pilots failed to get into one. Beechcraft, KAI, Pilatus Aircraft, Pacific Aerospace withdrew from the tender after it became clear that the Finns thought their turbo-propeller models were too pricey. Finland, trains its pilots wit...