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 (Sapsan136) 29 May 2020 15: 38
    +2
    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
      master3 (Vitali) 29 May 2020 16: 08
      -8
      The key word here is "could," but it didn't work. And please note, as soon as a country buys something, it is necessary for a war with Russia - don't you think this is strange? There are two options here:
      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 Online Binder
      Binder (Miron) 29 May 2020 16: 31
      -10%
      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 (Sapsan136) 29 May 2020 16: 33
        +4
        The USSR twice defeated Finland and forced it to surrender, all the rest of your fantasies ... By the way, your America is burning well ... See the Military Review website, the article "Trump Threatens to Send Troops into Riot Minneapolis" ... US cities are on fire, very reminiscent of Grozny during the assault ...
        1. Binder Online Binder
          Binder (Miron) 29 May 2020 19: 11
          -8
          Yeah, I broke it twice - I threw it with my corpses, and about your American cities - your naive dreams.
          1. Sapsan136 Offline Sapsan136
            Sapsan136 (Sapsan136) 29 May 2020 19: 50
            +3
            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 Online Binder
              Binder (Miron) 29 May 2020 20: 36
              -8
              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 (Sapsan136) 29 May 2020 21: 36
                +5
                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 Online Binder
                  Binder (Miron) 29 May 2020 21: 55
                  -6
                  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 (Sapsan136) 29 May 2020 22: 51
                    +3
                    There are many chances ... And how everyone will be happy about this ... In your dreams, perhaps they themselves fought ... negative
                    1. Binder Online Binder
                      Binder (Miron) 30 May 2020 05: 11
                      -8
                      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 (123) 30 May 2020 01: 19
                    +5
                    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 Online Binder
                      Binder (Miron) 30 May 2020 05: 14
                      -7
                      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 (123) 30 May 2020 07: 39
                        +5
                        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. plabu Offline plabu
                        plabu 30 May 2020 12: 07
                        +4
                        Rather, it is a "talent", what is this, what is like him, to speed up the sinking of this ship as much as possible, by means of their deliberate actions, well, these are they and how many of them there have already been - businessman Sake, from Kazakhstan, and many, many more about the same - but here everyone appears regularly, for what? It is better to ask them about this, they will definitely not like my version for now. hi
                      3. Binder Online Binder
                        Binder (Miron) 30 May 2020 15: 19
                        -6
                        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. plabu Offline plabu
                        plabu 30 May 2020 16: 51
                        +3
                        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 Online Binder
                    Binder (Miron) 30 May 2020 15: 22
                    -5
                    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. plabu Offline plabu
                    plabu 30 May 2020 16: 57
                    +2
                    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" the way it deserves - in quotes, but about your loved ones - they are interesting to you, and about the conditions - everything in our world is relative, but you still cannot admit it, well otherwise, the meaning of your stay on this, and not only Russian-language forums, is lost, I am not sure that you do not know and do not understand this - but these are definitely your problems, so you should solve them.
              2. magma Offline magma
                magma (Tatyana) 31 May 2020 08: 17
                +2
                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
    Orange big (Max) 29 May 2020 22: 35
    +5
    It's simple. The Americans fanned the "Russian threat" to force everyone to buy their warplanes. The "Russian threat" is just an appropriate pretext for this. Nothing personal, just business.
  • Observer2014 Offline Observer2014
    Observer2014 30 May 2020 10: 08
    -1
    "Bunnies", your discussions were really interesting to read. yes But I'm a fan of the global conspiracy. wink Well do you understand? Yes? Finland ... And so on. laughing