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Finnish Air Force

The mission of the Finnish Air Force is to ensure the continuous surveillance and policing of the nation’s airspace along with the building and maintenance of a real-time air picture. Airspace violations will be prevented by force if necessary.

The primary wartime mission is defensive counter-air fighter operations. Other essential missions include the maintenance of a round-the-clock quick reaction alert (QRA) capability and training of war-time troops.



9.12.2014 Finnish Air Force 

Intense Russian Air Activity Observed over Baltic Sea

The past few days have seen unusually intense Russian air activity over the Gulf of Finland and the Baltic Sea. Air activity intensified on December 6 and has continued during the first days of the week. No violations of Finnish airspace have been observed.


30.12.2014 Finnish Air Force 

Redigos Sold to Swedish Company
Five ex-Air Force Redigos have been sold to a Swedish company. Of eleven bidders in an open solicitation, the highest bid was left by Helicopterservice Sweden for the sum of 301,500 euros.

6.12.2014 Finnish Air Force 

Kim Jäämeri Promoted to Major General on Independence Day
The President has promoted Commander of the Finnish Air Force Kim Jäämeri to major general on 6 December 2014.

5.11.2014 Finnish Air Force 

Redigo Fleet Looking for New Owner
Part of Finnish military aviation history is available for purchase. The Defence Forces has announced the sale of ex-military Valmet Redigo training and liaison aircraft retired from service last year. A total of five airframes will be sold in a single batch.

6.10.2014 Finnish Air Force 

Investigators: Probe into Hawk Midair Complete
The accident investigation board has completed its probe into the accident of two Hawk jet trainers over the Central Ostrobothnia region in west-central Finland in November 2013. The board, nominated by the Military Aviation Authority, cites misjudgment by one of the accident pilots and subsequent sequence of events. Factors contributing to the collision of the two jets include lack of adequate radio communication.

29.9.2014 Finnish Air Force 

The Air Services of the Baltic Sea Region Will Polish Their Cooperation in the Baltic Region Training Event
Finland will participate in a combined Baltic Region Training Event (BRTE) air exercise from 30 September to 1 October 2014. This is the ninth time that a BRTE is being organised. The exercise objective is to develop security, safety and air policing in the Baltic Sea region. Finland is involved in the event for the seventh time

2.9.2014 Finnish Air Force 

Air Force Contributes to Navy-hosted Northern Coasts 2014 Combined Exercise
The Northern Coasts 2014 (NOCO14) exercise commenced in late August and is set to continue until September 11. In addition to Finnish Army and Air Force units, exercise assets include aircraft from Germany, Denmark, Sweden, and the United States. The Finnish Air Force has assigned a single Boeing F/A-18 Hornet and small detachments flying  BAE Systems Hawks and Learjets to participate in exercise air operations.

28.8.2014 Finnish Air Force 

Suspected Airspace Violation by Russian Aircraft
A suspected violation of Finnish airspace by a Russian An-72 transport occurred today between 1208 and 1212 hours, marking the third event of its kind within a one-week period. A Defence Forces picture taken by the identifying aircraft pilot in Finnish airspace is shown above.

30.5.2014The Finnish Air Force 

Finnish Air Force enhanced F/A-18 Hornets’ new capabilities in Germany
Three Finnish Air Force F/A-18 Hornet multi-role fighters took part in the combined Joint Air Warfare Tactical Exercise (JAWTEX) in Germany in May. The overall objective of the exercise was to practice operations between multinational air detachments in cooperation with army and navy units.

2.5.2014 Finnish Air Force 

Careers in Aviation Days open the doors of the Finnish Air Force bases to the public and provide information on career opportunities for visitors
Careers in Aviation Days organised by the Air Force units enable the public to take a closer look at the service’s operation and equipment. The public is also told about the Air Force's conscript training and related special courses like the Pilot Reserve Officer Course and Aircraft Maintenance Course. Access is free-of-charge.

2.5.2014 Finnish Air Force 

Hornet Pilot Mikko Fingerroos's Display Routine is More than Mere Aerobatics
"Since the Hornet is a combat aircraft, I wish to show off its air combat maneuvering capabilities as much as possible," Fingerroos lifts veil over his plans for the coming display season, having prepared his routine first mentally and then in the simulator before blasting off in his jet.

26.3.2014 Finnish Air Force 

Brigadier General Kim Jäämeri Assumes Command of the Air Force
The Commander of the Finnish Air Force, Major General Lauri Puranen, will transfer to the reserve on 1 April 2014. His successor Brigadier General Kim Jäämeri assumes command of the Air Force in the change of command ceremony to be held in Luonetjärvi Garrison in Tikkakoski on 31 March 2014.



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