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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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