The United States approved the sale of F-35 and FA-18EF to Finland

The U.S. State Department approved the sale of F / A-18E / F “Super Hornet” and F-35 “lightning 2” to Finland on the same day, paving the way for Finland to purchase U.S. warplanes. < / P > < p > in addition to the two US fighters, there are French Rafale, European typhoon and Swedish Gryphon fighting for the order from Finland. The winner will receive an order of 64 fighters to replace Finland’s old Boeing f / A-18C / D Bumblebee, which is expected to be decommissioned by 2030. The total value of the F-35 contract is $12.5 billion, including 64 f-35as, 66 Pratt & Whitney F135 engines, and related communications and electronic warfare systems, according to the report. The “super Bumblebee” contract is worth 14.7 billion US dollars, including 50 single seat f / A-18E, 8 double seat f / a-18f, 14 ea-18g EW aircraft, 166 f414-ge-400 engines, radar system, etc. < / P > < p > the contracts for both aircraft included airborne weapons, including 500 small diameter bombs, 150 aim-9x short-range air-to-air missiles, and 200 air-to-ground missiles. < / P > < p > after the US Defense Security Cooperation Agency issued a notice approving the sale of weapons to Finland, the Finnish Ministry of Defense issued a statement saying that this is an important step forward in the procurement of fighter planes, but negotiations with all competitors are still in progress.