This is how the fighter procurement will progress – timeline of the HX Fighter Program

The fighter procurement will take 10 to 15 years to complete. The final decision on the new fighters will be made by the end of 2021.

From request for information to call for tenders

The first significant task of the program was to prepare and send out requests for information to the defence administrations of the United Kingdom, France, Sweden and the United States. They were asked to redirect Finland’s request for information to the industries manufacturing multi-role fighters in their countries.

The request for information sent out in spring 2016 contained descriptions of fights that could occur in the operational environment of Finland's air defence. The recipients were asked to suggest solution models for replacing the Hornet fleet’s capabilities in missions indicated by the fight scenarios of Finland’s security environment after 2030.

Information was also requested on:

  • fighters
  • weapons systems
  • training equipment
  • training
  • command and control system
  • maintenance arrangements
  • the domestic industry’s role
  • initial prices

The multi-role fighters on which responses to the request for information were received were Boeing F/A-18 Super Hornet, Dassault Rafale, Eurofighter Typhoon, Lockheed Martin F-35 and Saab Gripen.

The responses to the request for information were analysed, and the preparation of a more detailed call for tenders was launched on this basis in the HX Fighter Program. This call for tenders was sent to the states and manufacturers representing the listed five fighter types in April 2018. In practice, sending out the call for tenders means that Finland is committed to procuring the fighters.

Responses to the call for tenders will be received in early 2019.