29 Aug '17, 5pm

Trump's remarks on Boeing Super Hornet confuse Finnish fighter competition

HELSINKI ― A gaffe by U.S. President Donald Trump has cast confusion over Finland’s fighter replacement program, FRP-HX, and the connected integral process. The U.S. president said during a joint news conference with Finnish President Sauli Niinistö in Washington on Monday that Finland had agreed to purchase “a large number” of F/A-18E/F Super Hornets from Boeing. However, Finland’s FRP-HX competition has yet to even reach its midway stage. The competition underway to replace the Finnish Air Force’s aging fleet of Boeing F/A-18 Hornets with a new NATO-compatible multi-role combat aircraft.. Trump’s remarks have caused shock and amazement within political circles in Helsinki. The Finnish government, at the outset of the FRP-HX, guaranteed manufacturers transparency and a level playing field for all candidate aircraft. Finland cracks down on direct lobbying for HX fighter Fi...

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