The Finnish Air Force (FAF) has commenced flight evaluation trials of the Eurofighter jet as part of its HX fighter procurement program to replace its Boeing F/A- 18 fleet.
Contenders to replace the aircraft include Lockheed Martin F-35, Boeing F/A-18 Super Hornet, Eurofighter Typhoon, Dassault Rafale and Saab Gripen.
“The first candidate to undergo tests in Finland will be the Eurofighter Typhoon. Two Royal Air Force Eurofighters arrived at Pirkkala Air Base on Thursday 9 January,” Finnish Air Force (Ilmavoimat) said last Thursday.
The five-day tests that began on January 10 will see Eurofighter aircraft from the UK Royal Air Force put through their paces in a series of evaluations in the cold conditions of Tampere, the company said in a statement.
Eurofighter will be tested under cold weather conditions to verify the performance claims made in the responses to the Request for Quotation documents submitted in last year, along with performance values previously verified in laboratory tests.
The trials programme will enable the Finnish Air Force to assess the performance of each aircraft, systems and sensors in the Finnish operating environment. The Eurofighter trials will be led by air crew from BAE Systems' Flight Operations team, led by Chief Test Pilot, Steve Formoso and test pilot Luke Gili-Ross.
Upto two pairs of Boeing Super Hornets, Eurofighter Typhoons, Lockheed F-35s and Saab Gripen fighters will be flown to Finland to take part in a series of tests designed to check whether they fit in the criteria specified under the €10 HX fighter competition, commencing January 9.Information provided by the companies will be verified “in a fair manner” and under low temperature conditions and tests specified by the Ilmavoimat (Finnish Air Force)
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Finland's Ministry of Defence issued a request for quotation (RFQ) for its €10 billion HX fighter competition to Boeing (F/A-18), Dassault (Rafale), Eurofighter (Typhoon), Lockheed (F-35) & Saab (Gripen), on Thursday. “The Advanced Call for Proposals sent now initiates the second negotiation phase, which will determine the final contents of the procurement packages with each bidder
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