Finland Orders 64 ‘Flying Dump Trump’ F 35’s in Russia Faceoff

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Published in Russia’s state owned media:
Sputnik: Finland has struck a deal with America’s Lockheed Martin to buy a total of 64 F-35 fighter jets. The Finnish media is calling the €10 bn contract the largest of its kind in the country’s history.
The US jets are scheduled to replace Finland’s Hornets, which will be gradually decommissioned beginning in 2025. With its decision, the Scandinavian country has joined nations like Norway, Denmark, Belgium, the Netherlands, the UK, Italy and Poland, which also opted for the American-made combat aircraft.

Lockheed Martin’s F-35 was competing with jets manufactured by Saab AB, Dassault Aviation, and Boeing, as well as the European Eurofighter Typhoon.

The whopping €10 bn contract reportedly covers not only the procurement of the jets but also the creation of technical and training infrastructure in Finland, spare parts, and weapons.

The decision was announced on Friday, with the defense minister, Antti Kaikkonen, saying that “when comparing military performance, the F-35 best met our needs.”

The battle between major arms manufacturers for the Finnish contract broke out back in 2015, when it became known that the country’s air force started looking for a replacement for the ageing fighter jet fleet it had bought from an American company, McDonnell Douglas, in the early 1990’s.

F-35 is a single-seat, single-engine, all-weather stealth multirole combat aircraft. Its first iteration took wing back in 2006, entering service with the US Marine Corps nine years later.

However, the F-35 rollout and usage has been met with criticism even at home, with its price tag and operational costs among the prime complaints. With a single jet costing the US government some $36,000 for every hour it spends in the sky, the Department of Defense is reportedly considering launching a new, less expensive project to fill the roles which do not require the F-35’s level of avionics.

Back in July, General Charles Quinton Brown Jr., the Chief of Staff of the US Air Force, was cited by the media as saying the following: “You don’t drive your Ferrari to work every day, you only drive it on Sundays. This is our ‘high end’ [fighter], we want to make sure we don’t use it all for the low-end fight.”

Just last month, a British F-35 crashed off an aircraft carrier into the sea during a routine exercise mission. Thankfully, the pilot managed to eject and did not sustain serious injuries.

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9 COMMENTS

  1. So, Finland is buying more than 60 jet bomber planes that are really made for fast rapid attacks on Russian installations all the way from around St. Petersburg and up to Murmansk and Arkhangelsk in the Arctic parts of European Russia. Then to be shot down on their way back to Finland or Norway. Looks very much like Finlands alliance with Hitler’s Germany 1941-44.

  2. $1.7T for the F35.

    $3.5T for Raytheon, Boeing & Lockheed.

    Over same period as infrastructure/investments for the entire nation… That the Mammon Worshipping GQP CRIES we can’t do.

    Poetic, as usual these days, how the amounts line up.

    • There must be something else going on here, Hoops. It makes no sense that the MIC can shake down not only the USA but countries like Finland as well.

  3. Despite being the most expensive fighter aircraft on the planet, the F-35 is apparently a dog that doesn’t hunt. Russia already has the much cheaper Sukhoi-57 5th generation fighter jet and there’s considerable doubt that the F-35 could stand up to the Su-57 in a one-on-one dogfight.

    Why is this? Has the USA “forgotten” how to build a fighter jet? Or are the same secret technologies that enabled the Apollo 5 to go to the moon now being used to enable the F-35 to become a “flying saucer” that will stand up to any fighter on the planet? It would make sense to not let our adversaries and the general public know this as our military continues to milk the MIC cow for all its worth and shake down our allies at the same time. Nothing about this makes sense on the surface.

    • The “secret technology” that got USA to the 🌜 was…

      A Black woman named Katherine Johnson.

      Put her on $20, and wipe Trump’s hero the traitorous brutal dictator off it!

    • OK, Hoops, I’m back to the dog that doesn’t hunt. Why? Did the USA really forget how to build fighter jets?

    • Tommy , USA did not forget how to build fighter jets, what happened was that no longer exists geniuses as Jack Northrop or Kelly Johnson or Joe Sutter…