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Mon, 06 Apr, 2015 12:52:14 AM
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Saab JAS 39 Gripen (Griffin) fighter aircraft taxi out for start at Lulea in northern Sweden. File Photo AFP-LEHTIKUVA
The Swedish government has given Finland the go ahead to obtain information about its new Gripen fighter jet model, reported a Swedish financial newspaper.
 
According to the report, the next generation Jas Gripen 39 NG fighter jet is a strong candidate to replace the Finnish Hornet fighter jets.
 
The F-18 Hornet jets are scheduled to be replaced in 2020s. Before their replacement, however, their service life is to be increased by modernisation.
 
According to the newspaper, the Finnish Ministry of Defence is currently preparing a report on fighter jet procurement.
 
The report is scheduled to be completed in May.
 
Beside the Swedish Gripen, other options for Finland include the British-American made F-35A jets and the Russian Sukhoi T-50 fighter jets.
 
In Finland, the report on Jas Gripen 39 NG fighter jets was run by the Finnish financial magazine Tekniikka&Talous.
 
The Finnish and the Swedish defence ministers have expressed desire to deepen defence cooperation between the two countries.
 
However, Parliamentary Defence Committee Chair Jussi Niinistö said the latest model of Swedish fifth generation Jas Gripen jets will not be in production at the time when Finland will be looking to replace the Hornet fighter jets.
 
According to Niinistö, based on the current information, it appears that only the United States, Russia and China are capable of manufacturing latest fifth generation fighter jets going into the mid-2020s, when the Finnish Hornet jets become obsolete.
 
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