How Did Sweden's Gripen Earn The Title Of World's Best, But Least Known, Fighter Jet?
As of this year, more than 300 have been built.
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March 3, 2020 - by Charlie Gao for nationalinterest.org
A cheaper, capable alternative to the F-35.
In late January, the Saab JAS-39E Gripen arrived in Finland for its flight evaluation as part of the "HX Challenge," Finland's search for its next fighter aircraft to augment and slowly replace its fleet of F/A-18C/D Hornets.
Saab's offering, as some commentators have remarked, is the last "eurocanard" to be evaluated in the HX program. It also comes "bundled" with the GlobalEye Airborne Early Warning & Control (AEW&C) aircraft, which Saab markets as a force multiplier for the Gripen.
The complete systems, maintenance, and aircraft package that the Saab is selling has many potential bonuses for its...