Finland to replace its Russian Surface-To-Air Missiles

The Finnish's BUK M1 AA missile system is intended to combat not only aircraft and helicopters but cruise missiles too. (Photo

January 16, 2009 -- The Finnish military is considering replacing its Russian-made surface-to-air missile system, STT Finnish government news today reported quoting national daily Helsingin Sanomat reported Friday.

The paper added that the € 400 million replacement system would be completely NATO compliant.

However, the Finnish defence ministry did not comment the report.

The Finnish Defence Forces took delivery of three batteries of the 9K37M system as repayment of Soviet-era debt in 1996 and 1997.

Finnish weekly Suomen Kuvalehti had reported in March last year that the current system, meant to protect the capital region, was vulnerable to scrambling. (

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