Finland signs contract to purchase 64 US-made stealth aircraft


Helsinki / Washington — Finland signed a $ 9.4 billion agreement to buy a U.S. F-35 fighter on Friday, with 64 radar-avoidance fighters during periods of heightened tensions between Moscow and the West over Russian troops. Has been agreed to be brought to a country bordering Russia. Gathered near the Ukrainian border.

However, it will take several years before the plane goes into service. Finland has previously stated that the plane will begin deployment in 2027.

In addition to the plane, a contract with the U.S. government, and the plane maker Lockheed Martin, includes maintenance equipment, spare parts, and training services, the Finnish Defense Forces said in a statement on Friday to purchase air-to-air ammunition. Added contract to be signed in late 2022.

“The purpose is to ensure that the Finnish F-35 system will perform as best as possible for the 2030s,” said the Defense Forces.

Finland, which was historically neutral during the Cold War, is a member of the EU, but not NATO. In recent years, it has strengthened its cooperation with the Western military alliance, and its defense force’s material policy is based on all new equipment compatible with NATO.

The Finnish government said the decision to buy a U.S. jet announced in December was part of a long-term plan to strengthen the country’s defenses, rather than responding to the current West-Russia conflict over Ukraine. rice field.

“This is part of our long-term plan and has nothing to do with the current situation,” Finland’s Ambassador to the United States, Mikko Hautara, said in a statement.

Russia has gathered more than 100,000 troops near its border with Ukraine, and Western nations are afraid that Russia is planning an attack. Moscow has denied plans for aggression, but may not allow NATO a new country and take unspecified “military-technical” actions unless requirements are met, including a promise to withdraw Western troops from Eastern Europe. It states that it has sex.

Finland’s Prime Minister Sanna Marin has no plans to apply for NATO membership in January, but added that the North Atlantic Treaty Organization retains the right to join if desired.

Anne Kauranen, Essi Lehto, Mike Stone

Reuters

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