Air International 2021-08
R.Thomas - Decision time
The Rafale from Dassault Aviation is another European contender for Finland's HX Fighter Programme
The Eurofighter Typhoon is in service with five European countries, including the UK RAF (pictured), in addition to four of the six Gulf Cooperation Council states
Should Finland opt for the Super Hornet, it would also become only the second country outside of the US to operate the EA-18G electronic warfare variant
Finland is looking to being replacing its F/A-18C/D fighter fleet before the middle of the decade, with a decision as to which aircraft will replace it due before the end of the year.
A 2020 notice by the US DSCA of the possible Foreign Military Sale of the F-35 to Finland included a range of munitions and other equipment
In addition to the Gripen E fighter, Saab has included two GlobalEye Airborne Early Warning and Control (AEW&C) platforms in its offer
The Gripen E fighter has had some export success, with Brazil also choosing to operate the type