Finnish DefMin Interest in F-35s NOT Gripens

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hythelday

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Unread post18 May 2018, 07:28

sunstersun wrote:If the Gripen loses in Finland, that plane is toast.


Do not agree. Gripen is not toast unless it loses in Sweden, which it will not. There is also Indian competition vs F-16, which can go either way really regardless of the planes' capabilities.
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Unread post18 May 2018, 08:53

hythelday wrote:
sunstersun wrote:If the Gripen loses in Finland, that plane is toast.


Do not agree. Gripen is not toast unless it loses in Sweden, which it will not. There is also Indian competition vs F-16, which can go either way really regardless of the planes' capabilities.


Agreed. It's going to become operational in Sweden, almost no matter what. E-model might get some small orders from smaller Air Forces just like original Gripen. Making a decent showing in Finnish competition would be beneficial for that.
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Unread post18 May 2018, 11:05

hornetfinn wrote:
hythelday wrote:
sunstersun wrote:If the Gripen loses in Finland, that plane is toast.


Do not agree. Gripen is not toast unless it loses in Sweden, which it will not. There is also Indian competition vs F-16, which can go either way really regardless of the planes' capabilities.


Agreed. It's going to become operational in Sweden, almost no matter what. E-model might get some small orders from smaller Air Forces just like original Gripen. Making a decent showing in Finnish competition would be beneficial for that.

I think there is also a very high likelyhood it becomes operational in Brazil. Brazil may open other doors in Latin America.
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Unread post18 May 2018, 12:06

loke wrote:I think there is also a very high likelyhood it becomes operational in Brazil. Brazil may open other doors in Latin America.


I agree with that. Those countries and current Gripen C users are most likely to buy Gripen E.
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