Finnish Air Force to Order Two Transports From Spain
(Source: Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland; issued May 4, 2006)
The Finnish Air Force (FAF) is to order two twin-engine transport aircraft from Construcciones Aeronáuticas SA, the Spanish division of the European Aeronautic Defence and Space Company (EADS), the Finnish Ministry of Defence said in a statement Thursday.

The EADS Casa C-295M aircraft will replace the FAF's ageing Fokker F-27 transports.

The aircraft cost just over 45 million euros, the statement added. (ends)

Finland Selects the EADS CASA C-295 Aircraft
(Source: EADS; issued May 4, 2006)
MADRID --- The Finnish Air Force has officially announced today that the Minister of Defence has signed the decision to select the EADS CASA C-295 as a tactical transport aircraft. The contract, that will be signed next week, includes the acquisition of two (2) aircraft and five (5) options.

These C-295s will replace the Fokker 27s, which are currently in service and close to the end of their operational life.

This decision finalises the rigorous selection process that took a year and a half, including two in-flight evaluations, in cold weather, in the Finnish Artic area, as well as in hot weather summer conditions in the South of Spain.

EADS is a global leader in aerospace, defence and related services. In 2005, EADS generated revenues of EUR 34.2 billion and employed a workforce of about 113,000. The EADS Group includes the aircraft manufacturer Airbus, the world's largest helicopter supplier Eurocopter and the joint venture MBDA, the international leader in missile systems. EADS is the major partner in the Eurofighter consortium, is the prime contractor for the Ariane launcher, develops the A400M military transport aircraft and is the largest industrial partner for the European satellite navigation system Galileo.


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