The Bunker Group
The Gripen isn’t a viable selection, politically or capability wise. It’s a SH or F-35 race IMHO. My earlier post WRT the budget reference about economic damage caused by a vendor leading to penalties convinces me LM is in the lead. Ongoing JSF bashing in Congress might help SH in Canada. If F-35 CPFH improvements had progressed faster, it would be a one horse race.Really, that decision should have been made a while back - the consequences of delaying a purchase of new kit has resulted in several costly measures to keep the existing jets flying.
I understand that the existing fleet fully reflects their age and availability isn't stellar.
There are jets that are cheaper per flying hour but there's no point in buying something that doesn't do the job - and believe the fuel fraction and payload for Gripen E doesn't match the requirements set out.