### Re: Finnish DefMin Interest in F-35s NOT Gripens

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**04 Sep 2019, 12:36**Minister of Defense Kaikkonen: "More accurate estimate of the cost of the HX project in the near future"

- The idea is also to narrow down the price disadvantage, this is a really massive investment.

So far, we have talked about EUR 7-10 billion, but we need to make a more accurate estimate of it soon.

At this point, five options are on the same line.

Next year, a careful assessment will be made of how these five options will fit in practice with the varying circumstances of Finland.

The tests will be careful and tough, but also fair.

The final procurement decision will be made in 2021, Kaikkonen tells Reserviläinen.

https://www.reservilainen.fi/uutiset/pu ... ahiaikoina

- The idea is also to narrow down the price disadvantage, this is a really massive investment.

So far, we have talked about EUR 7-10 billion, but we need to make a more accurate estimate of it soon.

At this point, five options are on the same line.

Next year, a careful assessment will be made of how these five options will fit in practice with the varying circumstances of Finland.

The tests will be careful and tough, but also fair.

The final procurement decision will be made in 2021, Kaikkonen tells Reserviläinen.

https://www.reservilainen.fi/uutiset/pu ... ahiaikoina