Yle: Finland needs new fighters for war with Russia


Although the coronavirus epidemic plunged Finland into unprecedented economic recession, the country's Ministry of Defense is still planning to replace 64 F / A-18 Hornet fighters of the national air force with new aircraft, writes the website of the public television and radio company Yle.


The transaction value is estimated at 7-10 billion euros. This is the most expensive purchase that the Finnish state has ever made. But with the economic crisis, the need to acquire aircraft has acquired a new dimension. According to a recent survey conducted by Yle, more than half of the Finns would like to postpone this purchase until later.

However, in the article, point by point and with references to experts, the opinion is pushed that combat vehicles are needed right now. One of the reasons is the notorious “Russian threat”.

So, the article provides the opinion of Richard Aboulafia, head of the Teal Group, an American aviation research institute, who believes that "China and Taiwan are a good model for Russian-Finnish relations." The specialist notes that if Taipei did not have reliable air forces, this would "give China excellent opportunities to exert pressure on the democratic development of the island nation."

The national defense of the northern country, as noted in the publication, is almost completely constructed in order to repel any attack from Russia. After all, Finland is a small and neutral country that shares more than a thousand kilometers of the border with the Russian Federation.

Russia, on the other hand, is the second most powerful military power in the world, with about 1000 fighters in the air force. What is the use of 64 Finnish fighters if they were faced with such a superior enemy in the air, the publication wonders? Charlie Salonius-Pasternak, Senior Research Fellow, Institute of External Relations policycalls not to look at numbers, since not all Russian fighters can be used at once to attack the Country of a thousand lakes.

Of course, even if Russia concentrated only part of its air armada against Finland, Suomi pilots would still face superior forces, with no chance of victory. On the other hand, victory was never the goal of the Finns.

The goal is to make an invasion so expensive for an adversary to be worth it.

- claims Saloniy-Pasternak.

As noted in the publication, in the best case scenario, the enemy will decide to abandon the harmful idea even before the exchange of blows is made. If an armed conflict begins, a strong defense will lead to a good position for possible peace talks. In addition, this will gain time for getting help from allies.
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  1. Sapsan136 Offline
    Sapsan136 (Sapsan136) 29 May 2020 15: 38
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    Russia could occupy all of Finland even under Stalin, it could do it under Brezhnev, but then Finland got it right and behaved wisely after the defeat of Hitler ... Now Finland begins to bully the Russian Federation, which Finland does not touch, behaves defiantly and that's all more asks for a good Russian kick, without which, apparently, stupid Finns can not live long ...
    1. master3 Offline
      master3 (Vitali) 29 May 2020 16: 08
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      Here the keyword "could", but did not work. And please note, as soon as any country buys something, it is necessary for a war with Russia - doesn’t it seem strange to you? There are two options:
      1. all countries in the world, or most, hate Russia (then there must be reasons);
      2. rude propaganda, which is difficult to find an explanation (although, if you think about it, it is) and unfortunately, many are being conducted on this.
    2. Binder Offline
      Binder (Miron) 29 May 2020 16: 31
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      Once the USSR already tried to occupy Finland, suffered huge losses in manpower and equipment, but broke off. Even for Stalin, the Finns were too tough. So what can we say about today's Russia?
      1. Sapsan136 Offline
        Sapsan136 (Sapsan136) 29 May 2020 16: 33
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        The USSR twice defeated Finland and forced it to capitulate, everything else is your fantasies ... By the way, your America is on fire ... Look at the Military Review website, article "Trump threatens to send troops into the rebellious Minneapolis" ... US cities are on fire, very reminiscent of Grozny during the assault ...
        1. Binder Offline
          Binder (Miron) 29 May 2020 19: 11
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          Yeah, I broke it twice - I threw it with my corpses, and about your American cities - your naive dreams.
          1. Sapsan136 Offline
            Sapsan136 (Sapsan136) 29 May 2020 19: 50
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            No, the video about burning American cities is quite real, the address where you can watch it, I indicated to you ... And as for the corpses, so in Finland, whoever didn’t fight in Finland against the USSR and got everything by the horns ... In the end as a result, Finland capitulated and ceded to the USSR the territories of interest to it ...
            1. Binder Offline
              Binder (Miron) 29 May 2020 20: 36
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              Quote: Sapsan136
              in Finland against the USSR on the side of Finland who just did not fight

              There were some foreign volunteers, but it was the Finnish people, who showed courage, heroism and military skill, who managed to withstand the many times superior forces of the USSR, defended their independence, although they lost part of the territory, and in fact Finland was destined for the Baltic states. And do not worry about America - in a couple of days everything will calm down there.
              1. Sapsan136 Offline
                Sapsan136 (Sapsan136) 29 May 2020 21: 36
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                I hope your America will fall apart, and in Finland more foreigners fought than the Finns, and one military district fought from the USSR ...
                1. Binder Offline
                  Binder (Miron) 29 May 2020 21: 55
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                  And do not hope for the collapse of America - there is no chance. laughing

                  Quote: Sapsan136
                  In Finland, more foreigners fought than Finns

                  This is a lie, and completely shameless - the Finns fought themselves.
                  1. Sapsan136 Offline
                    Sapsan136 (Sapsan136) 29 May 2020 22: 51
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                    There are many chances ... And how everyone will be happy about this ... In your dreams, perhaps they themselves fought ... negative
                    1. Binder Offline
                      Binder (Miron) 30 May 2020 05: 11
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                      You and your like-minded people will have no reason to rejoice - the United States will not fall apart, which cannot be said about the Russian Federation, which may well repeat the Soviet experience of 1991. hi
                  2. 123 Offline
                    123 (123) 30 May 2020 01: 19
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                    And do not hope for the collapse of America - there is no chance.

                    Surely, you spoke about the USSR about 30 years ago. winked
                    1. Binder Offline
                      Binder (Miron) 30 May 2020 05: 14
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                      Do not guess, citizen. 30 years ago I was packing my bags, realizing that the Union was coming to an end. And it was a very true step.
                      1. 123 Offline
                        123 (123) 30 May 2020 07: 39
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                        Do not guess, citizen. 30 years ago I was packing my bags, realizing that the Union was coming to an end. And it was a very true step.

                        Do you have the talent to get off the sinking ship on time?
                      2. 321 Offline
                        321 (321) 30 May 2020 12: 07
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                        Rather, it is a “talent” that it’s like it, to speed up the flooding of this ship as much as possible, by means of its deliberate actions, well, there they are and how many of them have already been here - businessman Sake, from like Kazakhstan, and many, many about the same, but here everybody appears regularly, for what? It’s better to ask them, they’ll definitely not like my version, as long as we postpone it. hi
                      3. Binder Offline
                        Binder (Miron) 30 May 2020 15: 19
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                        Quote: 321
                        they definitely won’t like my version until we put it off.

                        You, apparently, suffer from delusions of grandeur - your version is absolutely indifferent to everyone. bully
                      4. 321 Offline
                        321 (321) 30 May 2020 16: 51
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                        Quote: Bindyuzhnik
                        Quote: 321
                        they definitely won’t like my version until we put it off.

                        You, apparently, suffer from delusions of grandeur - your version is absolutely indifferent to everyone. bully

                        No one doubted that you would express something like that, only you and your comrades haven’t bothered to portray mass? bully
                        Write on your own behalf, do NOT try to write on behalf of everyone - you are definitely not all, and your colleagues are in the minority. hi
                  3. Binder Offline
                    Binder (Miron) 30 May 2020 15: 22
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                    Rather, I already have some abilities to create a decent life for my family under normal conditions. Talent is too much, I don’t pull on talent ...
                  4. 321 Offline
                    321 (321) 30 May 2020 16: 57
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                    Quote: Bindyuzhnik
                    Rather, I already have some abilities to create a decent life for my family under normal conditions. Talent is too much, I don’t pull on talent ...

                    I have written about your "talent" and it was written as it deserves it - in quotation marks, but about your loved ones - they are interesting to you, and about the conditions - everything in our world is relative, but you still won’t be able to admit it, well otherwise, the meaning of your stay at this, and not only Russian-language forums is lost, I’m not sure that you don’t know and don’t understand it - but it’s for sure your problems, so you have to solve them.
              2. magma Offline
                magma (Tatyana) 31 May 2020 08: 17
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                30 years ago I was packing my bags, realizing that the Union was coming to an end. And it was a very true step.

                - this is understandable ... you are always there where it is warmer and more satisfying.
  • Orange big Offline
    Orange big (Max) 29 May 2020 22: 35
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    Everything is simple. The Americans fanned the "Russian threat" to force everyone to buy their military aircraft. "Russian threat" is just an excuse for this. Nothing personal, just business.
  • Observer2014 Offline
    Observer2014 30 May 2020 10: 08
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    "Bunnies," reading your discussions was really fun. yes But I'm a fan of the global conspiracy. wink Well do you understand? Yes? Finland ... And so on. laughing