Finland issues RfI on weapons and equipment for HX fighter project
Finland has issued a Request for Information (RfI) on weapons and equipment to the governments of seven countries for the HX fighter project.
The seven countries are France, Germany, the UK, Israel, Norway, Sweden, and the US.
The HX fighter programme aims to replace the operational capability of the Finnish Air Force’s F/A-18 Hornet fleet, which will be decommissioned as of 2025, with new multi-role fighters.
The RfI has been sent by the Finnish Defence Forces' Logistics Command and will be forwarded to designated companies. It will allow Finland to decide on the available potential capabilities that meet its requirements in the post-2025 period.
Based on the responses received, Finland will prepare a request for a quotation (RfQ) for the weapons and equipment, and will send it in spring 2018.
The HX Fighter programme will take about 15 years to complete.
Decisions on submitting RfI and calls for tenders will be made during the 2015-2019 parliamentary term while the actual procurement decision is scheduled to be taken in the early 2020s.
The procurement contracts for the weapons and equipment are scheduled to be signed in spring 2021.
The cost of weapons and sensors will be included in the estimated total price to replace the Hornet fleet.
Following the selection of five aircraft producers who have responded to the RfIs, Finland will begin testing the suitability of different fighters in 2019. A final procurement decision will be made in 2021.