In Finland the conditions of the call for tenders mean that almost everyone is eliminated: for example, the F-35 has a cost per flight hour of €45,000, which means that in order to meet the annual cost of ownership limit they can only present 26 aircrafts instead of 64, otherwise they will be eliminated. So they claim that their target is a flight hour at $25,000, but the Finns won't believe them and even then they can only present 48 aircrafts and with very low availability. The Gripen E is not mature enough, the SH F-18 can't last until 2060 because it doesn't have enough autonomy now that the CFTs are not developed, to be extended by the Navy and the Typhoon doesn't scare us. So we believe that the Rafale has won.Finland also seems to be very concerned about this problem with the F-35. The Finnish Air Force is a small air force and they will want to distribute their fighters to multiple air bases rather than one, which would cost enormous amounts of money to build the F-35 related infrastructure at each air base. This will definitely serve as a negative factor in the MX Challenge.
Suomi varautuu satojen miljoonien eurojen rakennustöihin uusien hävittäjien tullessa: rahan käyttökohteet hämärän peitossa - Suomenkuvalehti.fi