HX Fighter Programme candidates schedule

The Finnish Air Force will published the “program” of the HX Challenge testing and evaluation event. Which will happen from 9 January to 26 February 2020. The main air base will be Pirkkala Air Base.

Finnland plans to retire its Hornet fleet, and with this program it gives an oportunity for the candidates, to show locally their equipment.

Some informations made by the Air Force for the public:

The HX Challenge test periods will start on 9 January and end on 26 February. We have designated a test period of seven weekdays for each of the candidates. The first Eurofighter Typhoons will arrive at Pirkkala Air Base in the beginning of January, and the last Super Hornets will leave at the end of February. The number of aircraft and personnel arriving in Finland varies from one candidate to another. Each candidate will bring two to four aircraft to Pirkkala Air Base as some of the evaluation flights will require two aircraft. January and February will be extremely busy for the Satakunta Air Command, with more Defence Forces personnel than regularly on the air base.

The HX Challenge is a technical testing and evaluation event, not an air show or a live air exercise. In the Tampere region, the event can be seen mostly as individual take-offs and landings at the Pirkkala Air Base. In addition, there will be temporary restrictions of movement in the vicinity of the base. During the HX Challenge, the Satakunta Air Command will designate a location between terminals 1 and 2 on the civilian side of the airport where it will be possible to watch the take-offs and landings.

The HX Challenge test periods, also came from the Air Force (should note that some factors like weather could change the timeline):

  • Eurofighter Typhoon 9–17 January 2020
  • Dassault Rafale 20–28 January 2020
  • Saab Gripen 29 January–6 February 2020
  • Lockheed Martin F-35 7–17 February 2020
  • Boeing F/A-18 Super Hornet 18–26 February 2020

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