FMS: Finnish F/A-18 Mid-Life Upgrade (MLU) Program

Released on Wednesday, September 24, 2003
F/A-18C Hornet
F/A-18D Hornet
FMS - Foreign Military Sale
MLU - Mid Life Update
The Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) notified the US Congress of a possible Foreign Military Sale (FMS) to Finland of F/A-18 Mid-Life Upgrade as well as associated equipment and services.

The Government of Finland has requested a proposed sale for the second phase of the F/A-18 Mid-Life Upgrade (MLU) Program consisting of 64 F/A-18C/D fleet retrofit kits including: 64 Joint Helmet Mounted Cueing Systems (JHMCS), 64 Tactical Aircraft Moving Map Capability systems, 64 Digital Communications to Wingtips wiring systems, 144 AIM-9X compatible launchers and 36 AN/APX-111 combined interrogator transponders systems.

The total estimated cost of this potential sale could be as high as $130 million. The MLU kits will be applied to the current fleet of F/A-18C/D Hornet multi-role fighter operated by the Finnish Air Force.

Under MLU program Finnish Hornets will increase its service life while enhancing survivability and communications connectivity.


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