FMS: Third Phase of Finnish F/A-18 MLU
Released on Wednesday, September 27, 2006
The Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) notified Congress of a possible
Foreign Military Sale to Finland for continuation of the F/A-18 Mid-Life Upgrade
(MLU) Program. The total value, if all options are exercised, could be as high
as $300 million.
The Government of Finland has requested a possible sale for the third phase of
the F/A-18 Mid-Life Upgrade (MLU) Program, consisting of F/A-18C/D Fleet
Retrofit Kits of the following systems: 67 AN/APG-73 Expand 4/5 Upgrades; 3
AN/RT-1851 Radio Transmitters; 5 Multifunctional Information Display Systems (MIDS/LVT);
10 Advanced Tactical Forward Looking Infrared Radar (ATFLIR); 4 AN/ALR-67V(3)
Radar Warning Receivers; 5 AN/AYK-14 Mission Computer Upgrades; 2 GBU-31 Joint
Direct Attack Munitions (JDAM); 2 AGM-154A Joint Stand Off Weapons (JSOW); 1
AGM-84K Stand-Off Land Attack Missile/Expanded Response (SLAM-ER); and 1 AGM-88E
Advanced Anti-Radiation Guided Missiles (AARGM).
The proposed program support includes recorders, receivers, devices, systems,
APX-111 Combined Interrogator Transponders Mode S, components improvement
program, spare and repair parts, support and test equipment, publications and
technical data, personnel training and equipment, U.S. Government and contractor
engineering and other related elements of logistics and program management
support. The estimated cost is $300 million.
This proposed sale will contribute to the foreign policy and national security
of the United States by helping to improve the security of a friendly country
which has been, and continues to be, an important force for political stability
and economic progress in Europe.
The Finnish Air Force (FAF) intends to purchase the MLU Program equipment to
enhance survivability, communications connectivity, and extend the useful life
of its F/A-18 fighter aircraft. It has extensive experience operating the F/A-18
aircraft and should have no difficulties incorporating the upgraded capabilities
into its forces. The FAF needs this upgrade to keep pace with technology
advances in sensors, weaponry, and communications.
The proposed sale of this equipment and support will not affect the basic
military balance in the region.
The prime contractor will be The Boeing Company of St. Louis, Missouri. There
are no known offset agreements proposed in connection with this potential sale.
Implementation of this proposed sale will require the assignment of a few U.S.
Government or contractor representatives to travel to Finland for approximately
four months. They will provide technical support during the preparation,
equipment installation/testing, and checkout.
There will be no adverse impact on U.S. defense readiness as a result of this
proposed sale. This notice of a potential sale is required by law; it does not
mean that the sale has been concluded.
Sales & Contracts
AARGM - Advanced Anti-Radiation Guided Missile
DSCA - Defense Security Cooperation Agency
FAF - Finnish Air Force
FMS - Foreign Military Sale
JDAM - Joint Direct Attack Munition
JSOW - Joint Stand-Off Weapon
LVT - Low Volume Terminals
MIDS - Multiple Information Distribution System
MLU - Mid Life Update
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