Fokker F-27

F-27

In the late 1980ís one F-27 was converted by Fokker for SIGINT duties with the Finnish Air Force. The aircraft, Serial No 10300 coded FF-1, is operated by the 3rd Flight of the Air Support Sqn at Tikkakoski Air Base and appears to be optimised for COMINT duties with numerous aerials on the wings and fuselage.

It is assumed, given Finlandís location, that the aircraft is usually targeted against the Russian Baltic Fleet and generally operates at night. Finland is currently seeking a replacment for this F-27, probably with an aircraft around the size of the Gulfstream V and should have announced their preferred choice in early 2002.