Press release, Statement from Peter Hultqvist

Comment from Minister for Defence on Finland’s decision regarding acquisition of fighter aircraft

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We regret that Finland did not choose Gripen and GlobalEye.

We are convinced that Gripen and GlobalEye would have been very good choices also for Finland, combining highly capable aircraft systems with low costs and high availability. The systems are tailor-made for our common security challenges as well as the harsh Nordic environmental conditions.

Having said that, we fully respect the Finnish decision. Our excellent defence cooperation will of course continue. Finland will continue to be our closest security and defence policy partner. Over a long period of time the relationship has been based on common geostrategic interests and common views on security challenges.

The geographic and military-strategic realities underscore the need for continued and deepened defence cooperation and we will continue the work on creating prerequisites for combined joint military operations in peace, crisis and war.