The Finnish Ministry of Defence and the Swiss Department of Defence, Civil Protection and Sports have agreed to study the impacts of the worldwide F/A-18 sundown programmes that will progressively affect the Finnish and Swiss fleets. The Industry Teaming Agreement supports the Finn-Swiss F/A-18 joint Life Cycle planning, which aims to improve cost efficiency in future sustainment as well as information exchange between the two countries and their respective industries.
“The cooperation between Patria and RUAG casts a strong foundation to secure the sustainment of the aging F/A-18 fleets and will utilise both companies’ resources to the maximum benefit of our customers,” says Lassi Matikainen, President of Patria Aviation.
“All countries operating legacy F/A-18 fleets can ultimately benefit from this Teaming Agreement,” states Heinz Scholl, Vice President Military Aviation at RUAG Aviation. “By combining our know-how and experience through joint projects for our respective domestic fleets, we are able to provide better solutions for effectively and affordably extending the service life of F/A-18 jets.”
Supported by armasuisse and the Finnish Air Force, several projects have already been implemented and fit into the scope of the Teaming Agreement. These include a personnel exchange between RUAG Aviation and Patria Aviation in support of the F/A-18 maintenance programme, as well as various strategies for geographically optimising avionics repairs to reduce costs and maximise effectiveness.