Finish company Patria Aviation Oy has received a approximate EUR24 Million order from the Finnish Air Force (Ilmavoimat) for series installations of MLU2 systems upgrades for its Boeing F-18 Hornet combat aircraft.

The contract covers modification of 35 aircraft and related manufacturing of components and harnesses. The work will start in 2012 and is to be completed in 2013-2015, as the installations take place in conjunction with scheduled maintenance and structural updates of the aircraft type.

The plan is to upgrade all of its 62 F-18C/D Hornet aircraft by the end of 2016. Patria has earlier implemented the first systems upgrade (MLU1) between 2007 and 2010 and performed the final assembly and testing of 57 F-18C Hornet models when the fighters were purchased.

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