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Finland to purchase U.S. air-to-surface missiles

(Xinhua)

09:11, March 02, 2012

HELSINKI, March 1 (Xinhua) -- Finland is set to buy long-range air-to-surface missiles from the United States, the Finnish defence ministry announced here on Thursday.

The missiles will be procured for the F-18 Hornet aircraft of the Finnish Air Force.

The U.S. Department of Defense and the Congress have approved the transaction in November last year.

Total price of the procurement would amount to 178.5 million euros (about 238.8 million U.S. dollars).

Modifications to the F-18 which are also included in the deal, and will be conducted in 2016.

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