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Lockheed Martin, US submit F-35 final offer to Finnish government

Lockheed Martin and the US have provided their best and final offer to the Finnish government for the sale and maintenance of the F-35A.

Lockheed Martin and the US have provided their best and final offer to the Finnish government for the sale and maintenance of the F-35A.

Lockheed Martin and the US government provided their best and final offer for the sale of F-35s to the Finnish government in late April.

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The best and final offer includes both the F-35A aircraft as well and an ongoing maintenance package, which includes support in the situation of a closed border.

Bridget Lauderdale, F-35 program vice president and general manager, welcomed the opportunities created by the F-35 in Finland, which includes working closely with Finnish businesses and academic organisations.

"The F-35 will provide Finnish industries high technology job opportunities that no other competitor can offer,” Lauderdale said.

"The production work will continue for more than 20 years, and the F-35 sustainment work will continue into the 2050s. Not only will Finland support its own F-35s, but it will directly support the global fleet of F-35s through the production of major components.

Lockheed Martin argues that the F-35 is the most advance fighter aircraft, hosting enhanced sensors, weapons, range and speed. The system is currently used by 13 countries, with 630 in service.

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Liam Garman

Liam Garman

Editor – Defence and Security, Momentum Media

Liam began his career as a speech writer at New South Wales Parliament before working for world leading campaigns and research agencies in Sydney and Auckland. Throughout his career, Liam has managed and executed a range of international media and communications campaigns spanning politics, business, industrial relations and infrastructure. He’s since shifted his attention to researching and writing extensively on geopolitics and defence, specifically in North Africa, the Middle East and Asia. He holds a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Sydney and is undertaking a Masters in Strategy and Security from UNSW Canberra.
 
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