Commenting on the planned sale of US fighter jets to Finland, Drobnitsky said that Russia had nothing to worry about.
“I don’t think that four standard warplanes will pose any serious threat to Russia. What is more important here is that someone who used to present himself as a ‘dove of peace’ is now acting like a rabid 'hawk'” Drobnitsky said.
The US State Department has approved a possible $156 million Foreign Military Sale to Finland for upgrades to extend the life of its F-18 combat aircraft, the Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) said in a release.
Support also includes software tests and integration center upgrades, flight testing, spare and repair parts and support and test equipment, the release added.
Principal contractors include Raytheon, Lockheed Martin, Boeing, BAE North America, General Electric, General Dynamics, Northrop Grumman and Rockwell Collins.