Equipment of the Finnish Air Force
The Air Force's main combat fleet consists of Boeing F/A-18C and F/A-18D Hornet multi role fighters. In addition to aircraft, air surveillance radars and a range of simulators are included in the service's inventory.
To support the Hornet fleet, the Air Force uses BAE Systems Hawk 51, 51A, and 66 jet trainers, primarily in advanced and fighter lead-in training roles. Medium airlift capability takes the form of Airbus Military C295M tactical transports. Learjet 35A/S twinjets are used for target towing, surveillance, aerial cartography, and light transport duties, while Pilatus PC-12 NGs fly light personnel and cargo movement missions.
Air Force pilots start their career at the controls of the indigenous Valmet L-70 Vinka primary trainer that will be replaced by the Grob G 115E.
Air surveillance radars used for the monitoring the integrity of the nation's airspace and a range of training simulators are also central contributors to the service's overall capability.
Aircraft of the Finnish Air Force