Finland issues F/A-18 sustainment tenders

As Finland looks to secure its combat aircraft future with its impending decision on the HX fighter programme, the country has issued a series of tenders as part of ongoing sustainment efforts to maintain the fleet of 62 F/A-18 Hornets currently in service until its replacement from 2024.

Published in the European Union’s TED industry tender portal on June 4, two Requests to Participate Announcements concern the procurement of flight control systems and others services for F/A-18 aircraft, while an additional notification details a previously awarded contract to deliver spare parts for General Electric F404-GE-402 engines fitted to the F/A-18.

Finnish F/A-18
Finland will gradually replace its F/A-18 fighter fleet from 2024 and is scheduled to be completed by 2030. US DoD

The notices were issued by Finland’s Defence Forces Logistics Command, with the engine spare parts contract awarded on May 27 this year, from one offer received. The potential value of the contracts has not been determined.

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