teme82 wrote:Ozair wrote:An interesting Finnish news article where it is explained that the JASSM is not part of the requirement set for the fighter competition. The useful life of the missile, the fact that Finland doesn’t want to pay integration costs for the new platform and that all the entrants will have a long range cruise missile integrated anyway mean the missile will potentially be retired with the Hornet (unless SH or F-35 is selected which could continue to operate it).When asked if the missile acquisition is linked or does it also affect future fighter purchases, Keränen answers:
- JASSM missiles have not been set as requirements in the HX project because each candidate has its own offer for far-reaching fire. The integration of new weapons is usually quite expensive, so the integration of the JASSM missile is not set as a threshold requirement.
I take that as a hint that the F-35 might be strong contender. Add plus few EA-18's on the mix and we have nice deal.
The F-35A is funded for JASSM integration already so would have been available if it had been an issue for Finland. The F-35A is certainly in with a good chance but any acquisition of Growler would be a separate deal. Boeing and LM are both competing for the tender with different aircraft so Finland won't initially get the opportunity to pick and choose both options.