Finland is being offered partner status in the Eurofighter programme as part of the consortium's bid for Finland's HX fighter procurement, BAE Systems representatives revealed on 6 July.
“Some of the capability that we're transferring [to Finland] is going into the FDF [Finnish Defence Forces] but also to make that possible the combined Eurofighter partner nations have offered Finland participation in the programme. In order to enable that access, and to be that first tier – the same as the UK, Germany, Spain, and Italy – the partnership has been offered to Finland,” John Rossall, HX Director, BAE Systems, said.
As part of their industrial participation offering for the HX programme, BAE Systems has said that final assembly and check-out (FACO) of the aircraft is being offered as a “fully exercisable option” in their bid, should Finland choose to take advantage of the proposal.
The Eurofighter consortium is offering partner status to Finland as part of the bid for the country's HX fighter procurement programme. (BAE Systems)
The FACO offering builds on the wider maintenance, repair, and overhaul (MRO) package being offered to Finland, as work and component manufacture is localised to ensure security of supply.
“This is the most comprehensive maintenance, repair, and overhaul package we've ever developed for any customer,” Ross Dickson, HX Industrialisation Lead for BAE Systems, said. “For the next 30 years, the touch point for MRO is not going to be the UK, Germany, Italy or Spain, the first touch point is going to be Finnish industry.