Patria, Finnish Defence Forces signs service agreement on building the capabilities of Finland’s F-35 program

Patria and the Finnish Defence Forces have signed a service agreement on building the capabilities of Finland’s F-35 programme.

The industrial participation capabilities of the F-35 solution will ensure the management of the F-35 solution’s maintenance reliability-critical know-how and technology in Finland in both normal and state of emergency situations.

The direct employment impact of the service agreement for Patria during 2023-2031 is estimated to be approximately 600 person-years.

The employment effects in Finland are long-lasting, continuing into the 2040s.

The role of domestic industry in building the capabilities of the F-35 programme is essential to meet the requirements of industrial participation and security of supply, required in the fighter programme.

The capabilities to build the F-35 programme are related to the industrial participation agreement between the Finnish Ministry of Defence and Lockheed Martin and the Ministry of Defence and Pratt & Whitney, according to which these companies must fulfill the obligation of industrial participation within ten years from signing the industrial participation agreement.

The main industrial cooperation projects for Patria include this large-scale assembly of F-35 front fuselages in Finland also for international users and further production of structural components.

In addition, Patria will establish assembly projects with Pratt & Whitney for the F135 engines powering the Finnish F-35s. 

About Patria

Patriais an international provider of defence, security and aviation life cycle support services, technology solutions and pilot training.

Moreover, Patria provides its aerospace and military customers with equipment availability, continuous performance development as well as selected intelligence, surveillance and management system products and services. \

Its mission is to give its customers confidence in all conditions, and the vision is to be the #1 partner for critical operations on land, sea and air.

Patria has several locations including Finland, Sweden, Norway, Belgium, the Netherlands, Estonia, Latvia and Spain. Patria employs over 3,000 professionals.

The company is owned by the State of Finland (50.1%) and Norwegian Kongsberg Defence & Aerospace AS (49.9%). Patria owns 50% of Nammo, and together these three companies form a leading Nordic defence partnership.