FAF Could Receive Increased Funding for 2011

6 September 2010 (Last Updated September 6th, 2010 18:30)

The Finnish Government plans to allocate a basic stipend of $3.24bn and a top-up allowance of $418m to cover one-off additional costs for the Finnish armed forces (FAF) in 2011. The 2011 budget, if approved, will finance new and existing procurement programmes, including buying of armou

The Finnish Government plans to allocate a basic stipend of $3.24bn and a top-up allowance of $418m to cover one-off additional costs for the Finnish armed forces (FAF) in 2011.

The 2011 budget, if approved, will finance new and existing procurement programmes, including buying of armoured vehicles and air-defence systems.

The Finnish Army will also buy wheeled and all-terrain vehicles to meet the logistical problem of providing suitable AMVs for crisis-management operations.

The budget allocation also includes $80m to replace the border guard's twin-engine helicopter fleet by 2014.

The ministry expects to spend an estimated $3.25bn plus a $393m top-up in 2012, and $2.99bn plus $408m in 2013.