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Logistics Command to procure long-range air-to-surface missiles for F-35 Multi-Role Fighters

Finnish Defence Forces Logistics Command
Publication date 31.5.2024 15.56
Press release
Kaksi vihreäasuista ilmavoimien työntekijää asentaa JASSM-ER-ohjusta F/A-18 Hornet -hävittäjän kyytiin.

Defence Minister Antti Häkkänen has approved an additional procurement of JASSM missiles on 31 May 2024. The missiles enhance the air-to-surface capability range. The missiles will be delivered within the Finnish Air Force F-35 integration time line.

The AGM-158B JASSM-ER missile (Joint Air-to-Surface Standoff Missile - Extended Range) will be used in the F-35 multirole fighter replacing the F/A-18 Hornet capability. The procurement that will be carried out by the Finnish Defence Forces Logistics Command supplements the F-35 multirole fighter system’s capability with the precision-guided munition of a longer than previous range.

The acquisition contains missiles, manuals and documentation, replacement parts, equipment, transportation services as well as manufacturer and supplier training, repair and support services in the years 2024-2031 as per the LOA (Letter of Approval) agreement. The procurement contract also includes US administrative services.

The US Congress authorised the sale of the Lockheed Martin AGM-15B JASSM-ER missiles during the HX Programme tendering process in 2020.

- The range, accuracy and survivability of the weapon effect will essentially contribute to our own countermeasures to stop a potential aggressor. Apart from the other F-35 features, the current procurement will enhance our defence capability significantly, says F-35 Programme Director, Colonel (Ret.) Henrik Elo.

For additional information, please contact:

Colonel (Ret.) Henrik Elo 
F-35 Programme Director, Air Force Command Finland 
+ 358 299 800 (Defence Forces switchboard)

Brigadier General (Eng.) Juha-Matti Ylitalo
Deputy Chief of Defence Forces Logistics Command, Finnish Defence Forces Logistics Command Headquarters
+ 358 299 800 (Defence Forces switchboard).