The Finnish Air Force continues to choose a fighter to replace the F / A-18 Hornet

The Finnish Air Force continues to choose a fighter to replace the F / A-18 Hornet

Swedish fighter Saab Gripen E 39-10 on tests in Finland


The Finnish Air Force continues flight tests of various aircraft designed to replace the future Hornet fighter camps in service with the Air Force. On January 29, Swedish fighters Saab Gripen E 2020-39 arrived in Finland for testing under the HX Challenge 10 program.

The HX program began in 2015 to replace the Hornet fighter bomber in the Finnish Air Force, including 55 single-seat F / A-18Cs and 7 double-seat F / A-18Ds, which will expire in 2025-2030. Within the framework of the program, Finland selects the fighter from the following models participating in the tender: Eurofighter Typhoon, Dassault Rafale, Saab Gripen E, Lockheed Martin F-35A, Boeing F / A-18E / F Super Hornet.

The Eurofighter Typhoon, Dassault Rafale tests have already passed, after the Saab Gripen E the F-35F will arrive for testing, and after it in mid-February the Finns will test the F / A-18E / F Super Hornet. Each aircraft has seven days to test.

The abbreviation of the HX program is traditional for modernization programs in the modern Finnish Air Force: H = Hornet - the first letter comes from the name of the replaced machine, X = identifier for promising weapons and military equipment.

Pirkkala Airbase (Satakunta Airport) was selected for airplanes. The test time in January-February was not randomly chosen to evaluate the real possibilities of operation aviation technicians at the most severe Finnish frosts.

At the same time, it is noted that comprehensive flight tests are not carried out, and only some of the most extreme tests are carried out for compliance with real characteristics previously declared by the manufacturer.

After completing the HX Challenge, the test results for each candidate will be used in the next assessment stages.

In accordance with the schedule for the implementation of the HX program, the government must decide on the purchase option in 2021, and finally decide on the number of equipment to be purchased - 64 aircraft, or still 48. Deliveries of new fighter planes are planned for 2025-2030.
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  1. Kleber 31 January 2020 17: 00 New
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    The Russians are not considering, but in vain.
    1. Aerodrome 31 January 2020 18: 25 New
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      Quote: Kleber
      The Finnish Air Force continues to choose a fighter to replace the F / A-18 Hornet

      Quote: Kleber
      The Russians are not considering, but in vain.
      Well, we’ll leave it out of the picture .. but in principle, why? the plane is good, update is not a problem ... I don’t understand.
      1. NIKN 1 February 2020 14: 32 New
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        Quote: Aerodrome
        Well, we’ll leave it out of the picture .. but in principle, why? the plane is good, update is not a problem ... I don’t understand.

        F / A-18E / F Super Hornet is the most cost-effective, in fact, the whole problem is to save the Air Force (which will expire in 2025-2030). Infrastructure does not require special costs, and replacing the type leads to much greater costs for the conversion of infrastructure. Even replacing with F 35? especially the data of the Air Force will not change its role, and they can completely cope with the existing F / A-18E / F Super Horne. If only suddenly there were problems of a breakthrough of air defense, winked then there is no F-35 smile
    2. Warrior-80 31 January 2020 22: 13 New
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      Yes, they would have a blink of -35 just right, the country is small, lightweight multi-functional destroyer just right
  2. paul3390 31 January 2020 17: 02 New
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    It’s a pity the winter is warm - otherwise it would be interesting to see how the penguin would behave, say at -40 ..
    1. Aaron Zawi 31 January 2020 17: 06 New
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      Quote: paul3390
      It’s a pity the winter is warm - otherwise it would be interesting to see how the penguin would behave, say at -40 ..

      He flies normally in Alaska and Norway.
      1. paul3390 31 January 2020 17: 07 New
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        Flying and constantly being based for years are two different things. And Norway is not a very cold country ..
        1. Hog
          Hog 31 January 2020 19: 56 New
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          Well, the same as Finland (imagine they are neighbors).
      2. Aerodrome 31 January 2020 18: 26 New
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        He flies normally in Alaska and Norway.
        I beg you ... this is the breadth of Peter.
        1. Aaron Zawi 31 January 2020 18: 30 New
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          Quote: Aerodrome
          He flies normally in Alaska and Norway.
          I beg you ... this is the breadth of Peter.

          Alaska or Svalbard?
          1. Aerodrome 31 January 2020 19: 02 New
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            Quote: Aaron Zawi
            Quote: Aerodrome
            He flies normally in Alaska and Norway.
            I beg you ... this is the breadth of Peter.

            Alaska or Svalbard?

            extreme points taken? Aron ... I had a better opinion of you.
            1. kupitman 31 January 2020 19: 09 New
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              just for him everything that is north of the north of Israel is already a polar region or a deep and distant north.
            2. Aaron Zawi 31 January 2020 19: 23 New
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              Quote: Aerodrome
              Quote: Aaron Zawi
              Quote: Aerodrome
              He flies normally in Alaska and Norway.
              I beg you ... this is the breadth of Peter.

              Alaska or Svalbard?

              extreme points taken? Aron ... I had a better opinion of you.

              What does the point have to do with it? Should they fly there or not?
              1. Aerodrome 31 January 2020 19: 27 New
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                Quote: Aaron Zawi
                What does the point have to do with it? Should they fly there or not?

                our fuck-fly.
              2. Svarog51 31 January 2020 19: 43 New
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                Aaron hi So there was an article on VO that in Norway "Penguins" are difficult to take root. There, not with a flight of troubles, but with a landing. "Penguin" does not know how to slow down on ice, and they are too lazy to clean the take-off. The Finns are right in not taking the time to buy a pig in a poke.
        2. xGibSoNx 31 January 2020 19: 29 New
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          I beg you ... this is the breadth of Peter.
          Can the proof of permanent basing of Su-35 at the extreme points of the Russian Federation? However, this is rhetoric ... Do not be distracted.
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        3. Hog
          Hog 31 January 2020 20: 09 New
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          Quote: Aerodrome
          He flies normally in Alaska and Norway.
          I beg you ... this is the breadth of Peter.

          Well, so at the latitude of St. Petersburg are the southernmost sections of Alaska and Norway, and the northern ones are generally beyond the Arctic Circle.
        4. Kleber 31 January 2020 22: 40 New
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          Quote: Aerodrome
          He flies normally in Alaska and Norway.
          I beg you ... this is the breadth of Peter.


          Sakhalin is also on the same latitude as Sochi, but the climate is not the same.
    2. Finn 31 January 2020 17: 13 New
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      Therefore, they have a base in the city of Tampere, Pirkkala not in the north. Warmer there. They are there now. Itself was inside the perimeter. They don’t fly. When they found out that I had Russian citizenship and I was standing in a car in the center of the base with a car with 4 antennas, they asked me never to tell anyone about this incident. There was no agreement to write.
      1. Vasily Ponomarev 31 January 2020 17: 32 New
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        I’m the daughter of a general, believe me, not everything is so simple)))
        1. Svarog51 31 January 2020 19: 47 New
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          We are good-natured people, we believe in the word that
          I'm the daughter of a general, believe me, not everything is so simple

          We are not barbarians, we understand. yes
      2. Aerodrome 31 January 2020 18: 28 New
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        Quote: Finn
        There was no agreement to write.

        and did you pee? laughing
        1. Aerodrome 31 January 2020 19: 16 New
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          Quote: Aerodrome
          Quote: Finn
          There was no agreement to write.

          and did you pee? laughing

          boring people, without a sense of humor ...
          1. Svarog51 31 January 2020 19: 54 New
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            A machine with 4 antennas in the center of a military base? KshMka, or what? Is there protection there? request Although, what am I talking about? The planes have not yet been bought, the alarm can not be announced. yes
            1. Aerodrome 31 January 2020 20: 12 New
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              Quote: Svarog51
              A car with 4 antennas

              like a cashmere ...
              1. Svarog51 31 January 2020 20: 19 New
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                What if there are 4 trailers and not whip antennas then? recourse
  3. ultra 31 January 2020 17: 04 New
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    Why choose there? Or they buy from us or prohibit the export of timber to Finland. laughing
  4. megadeth 31 January 2020 17: 17 New
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    Fuck with these Finns ... The services of Rospotrebnadzor in the Russian Federation revealed two patients with a new infection of coronavirus in the Trans-Baikal Territory and the Tyumen Region. Both are Chinese citizens. Goat raced on the racetrack ..
    1. seregin-s1 31 January 2020 17: 25 New
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      Ill, cure. Horseradish with this virus!
    2. Pavel57 31 January 2020 18: 23 New
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      In the distant time after the MiG-21, MiG-23 and MiG-29 could not sell.
    3. Aerodrome 31 January 2020 19: 28 New
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      Quote: megadeth
      Goat raced on the racetrack ..

      Are you talking about your comment?
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    DPN 31 January 2020 18: 17 New
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    Hence the conclusion that they will defend themselves from Russia and only from Russia,
  6. Thrifty 31 January 2020 18: 36 New
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    I don’t see the Chinese j15 on the tests, although the Finns, alas, are not masochists. .. laughing
  7. knn54 31 January 2020 18: 49 New
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    The Swedish Prime Minister believes that it will be easier for neighbors in the Scandinavian Peninsula to cooperate in the military sphere if Finnish pilots transfer to the Swedish JAS Gripen fighter.
  8. Guru 31 January 2020 19: 36 New
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    following models: Eurofighter Typhoon, Dassault Rafale, Saab Gripen E, Lockheed Martin F-35A, Boeing F / A-18E / F Super Hornet
    But Russian manufacturers do not even consider?
  9. Suraikin.Aleksandr 31 January 2020 20: 25 New
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    I think the choice will be in favor of the Americans, Finland is one of the countries that the Americans are ready to court and cajole. So the purchase of American weapons promises the Finns a lot of bonuses for which the Americans will pay.
  10. Tuzik 31 January 2020 20: 57 New
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    Most likely they will choose the familiar F / A-18, or the Gripen E is not expensive.
  11. Finn 31 January 2020 21: 00 New
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    Quote: Svarog51
    A machine with 4 antennas in the center of a military base? KshMka, or what? Is there protection there? request Although, what am I talking about? The planes have not yet been bought, the alarm can not be announced. yes

    The old ones are there. It turned out so because I have a Finnish surname and they ordered the replacement of 200 windows, I won the deal, but they did not bother to clarify citizenship. I ordered a truck with windows, arrived in advance (I speak Finnish perfectly), they gave me a card with access to any zone, the windows were everywhere. Everything is broken into squares 100x100 meters between the squares patrols with dogs and cinderbags, then after 2 hours one of the patrols was interested in the antennas on the car. I joked by saying that it wasn’t for registering a signal of a friend or foe. They didn’t understand the joke. Antennas were for TV
  12. Alexey Lobanov 31 January 2020 21: 21 New
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    Antennas were for TV

    I found with whom to joke, and about what ... You can only joke with them about vodka and women, they will understand. ;)
    And on the topic, SuperHornet to help them - for saving, the Swede - for organizing the Viking European Union, Su-35 - for security :).
    1. Finn 31 January 2020 22: 02 New
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      I had a hangover. Here 0,50 ppm is allowed.
    2. Finn 31 January 2020 22: 06 New
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      Swedish planes will choose. They have a Scandinavian defense agreement and there are no pilots, and so they must be sent for training. In Sweden, I think it's easier and cheaper.
      1. Alexey Lobanov 31 January 2020 22: 07 New
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        To Russia it will be even cheaper :).
        1. Finn 31 January 2020 22: 12 New
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          They still have Alexey Finnish in their heads. In the young. Old and veterans respect Russians. Russians will not buy.
          1. Alexey Lobanov 31 January 2020 22: 17 New
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            But what about their tightness and profitability? Our cheaper and more effective in all respects ... There will be a single air defense :)))))
            1. Finn 31 January 2020 22: 24 New
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              When the country is balancing between joining NATO and friendly relations with its neighbor Russia and the Finns get the hell out of it, let them buy their 2-4 aircraft wherever they want.
              1. Alexey Lobanov 31 January 2020 22: 27 New
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                Yes sir! Only not 2-4, but 50-60 :).
                1. Finn 31 January 2020 22: 38 New
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                  They will not buy 50 for 2 reasons, firstly, the country is in the chocolate eye and Brussels took the last money to support subsidies, and secondly, they will never quarrel with Russia. It is not economically feasible. And politics is an implicit reflection of foreign economic activity.
                2. Finn 1 February 2020 02: 34 New
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                  I remembered. My friend had a plane and he told me that when we flew over the base, we need to inform. He ignored, 10 times the rights to the plane were taken away. Seriously yet to Finnish air defense?
  13. Jack O'Neill 1 February 2020 04: 32 New
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    Super Hornets will be taken, although Lightning is more promising.
  14. lvov_aleksey 1 February 2020 21: 31 New
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    it’s good for us too, they’re afraid, but we’ll study them anyway, I'm talking about f35