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US approves sale of F-35 fighters to Finland

US approves sale of F-35 fighters to Finland

Washington said the deal &# 171; will provide Finland with a reliable defense capability to contain aggression in the region&# 187;

US government approves $ 12.5 billion purchase of F-35 fighter jets by non-NATO Finland.

With a State Department-approved procurement, this Scandinavian country, which shares a border with Russia, will be able to increase its air force firepower..

The deal includes 64 F-35 fighters equipped with air-to-air missiles and air-to-ground precision guided munitions, 66 Pratt F-135 engines & Whitney, as well as hundreds of rockets.

Agency for Security Co-operation says the sale has been cleared by the Department of State.

The new aircraft will replace the aging F / A-18 fighters and will modernize the Finnish air-to-air and air-to-ground weapons.

The agency said in a statement the proposed deal would not change the military balance in the region..

“From the point of view of US national interests, it is vital to help Finland develop and maintain a strong and combat-ready self-defense capability,” the press release said. “The proposed sale of F-35 fighters and related missiles and ammunition will provide Finland with a robust defense capability to deter aggression in the region.”.

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