Finnish Air Force Learjets fleet undergo a modernization program
The Learjet 35A/S of the Finnish Air have served the Finnish Defence Forces material and personnel transport, aerial photography and target towing roles since 1982. They also have provisions for installation of an air sampling kit and performing aerial photography and maritime surveillance missions. Starting from spring 2018 Finnish Air Force Learjets operated by the Satakunta Air Command’s Supporting Air Operations Squadron, have been undergoing an upgrade program that will extend their service life.
In the upgrade program, the avionics systems, mission-specific equipment and the seating arrangements of the passenger compartment will be modified to meet the modern-day requirement set for operating the aircraft in passenger and cargo
transport, aerial photography and air sampling roles.
During the upgrade work the three aircraft will be painted in a grey livery matching that of the other aircraft in the Finnish Air Force liaison and transport aircraft fleet. The first Learjet to receive the fresh paintjob bears the registration LJ-1. It rolled out from the facilities of Danish Aircraft Painting at Odense airport on Thursday 12 April. Next the aircraft will conduct a ferry flight to Germany where Aero-Dienst GmbH & Co. will complete the modification work.