More than 370 highly-skilled employees work at Airbus in Finland, primarily in the area of research and development, engineering and project management. The Finnish entity, which has locations in Helsinki and Jyväskylä, is a fully integrated part of the international organisation in Airbus, with know-how and experience exchanged and shared across different sites. Largely export-driven, over 90 percent of revenue comes from outside the country.
Airbus works closely with other Finnish companies. Airbus Space Systems benefits from the technology and know-how of companies like DA Group, RUAG Space Finland and Huld. Airbus’ commercial and military aircraft production is supported by parts that Patria manufactures in Finland. Airbus Secure Land Communications uses the expertise of several Finnish companies when developing better mission-critical communication solutions. Finnish companies deliver products and services to Airbus every year in the volume of €80 million.
Defence and Space
Finland’s Virve, based on Airbus’ TETRA solution, was the first nationwide TETRA communication network in the world and is at the core of all mission-critical authority communications in the country.
For the Finnish Defence Forces, Airbus has delivered three units of the Airbus C295 tactical transportation aircraft. The company has also delivered the Multi Sensor Tracking system that produces a shared situational awareness picture for all branches of the Finnish Defence Forces. The Finnish forces also benefit from Airbus’ secure satellite communication solutions and services. In 2020, Airbus and the Finnish Defence Forces signed a partnership agreement for lifecycle maintenance and training services to support their situational awareness and cyber security systems.
Finland Helicopter Emergency Medical Services uses Airbus H135 and H145 rotary-wing aircraft for emergency medical services, operated respectively by Babcock Scandinavian AirAmbulance and Skärgårdshavets Helikoptertjänst Ab. In total, the Finnish Border Guard operates Super Puma AS331/H215 helicopters.
The Finnish Army operates 20 NH90 tactical transport helicopters. This programme was developed in very close cooperation with the Finnish company Patria, which established the NH90 assembly line and retrofit programme in Halli, Jämsä.
Airbus is one of the biggest research and development entities in Finland, and year after year, the company has been a part of the 30 biggest research and development investors, with approximately €30 million in annual investments.
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