Finnish Hornet Replacement RFI
There reportedly have been five responses to Finland’s request for information (RFI) for replacement of the Finnish Air Force’s F-18C/D Hornets, these coming from Boeing (/F/A-18E/F Super Hornet), Dassault Aviation (Rafale), BAE Systems (Eurofighter Typhoon), Lockheed Martin (F-35 Lightning II) and Saab (JAS39 Gripen E). Finnish Defence Ministry plan to announce the results of this evaluation around April 2017. The RFI seeks estimates on the cost of acquisition, through-life operation and maintenance support, plus details of weapons, training methods and equipment. A formal tender is expected to be issued in spring 2018, with an acquisition decision scheduled to follow in 2021.