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Finland to spend over €200 million on short-, long-range missile systems

The purchase order comes after the United States approved 1.2 billion euros in Finnish defence procurement, with Finland acquiring 350 portable surface-to-air Stinger missile systems.

Volunteers train with anti-tank weapons as part of voluntary defence training through the National Defence Training Association of Finland (MPK). Image: Kalle Schönberg / Yle

The Ministry of Defence has announced that Finland intends to purchase short- and long-range missile systems costing some 223.6 million euros, not including VAT.

In a press release, the ministry said it authorised the Finnish Defence Forces to order the SPIKE SR, LR2 and ER2 missile systems.

The press release added that the procurement was implemented through Nato's Support and Procurement Agency (NSPA) and the Land Combat Missiles partnership programme.

The purchase also includes munitions, training equipment, maintenance equipment, training, documentation and spare parts.

According to the press release, the SPIKE SR and LR2 purchases will help to augment the Army's anti-tank capabilities. In addition, the ER2 system procured for the Navy is able to target vessels and buildings.

The missile systems' maintenance has been contracted to Millog Oy, a strategic partner supplier of the Finnish Defence Forces.

This purchase comes after the US approved 1.2 billion euros in Finnish defence procurement, with Finland notably acquiring 350 portable surface-to-air Stinger missile systems.

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