Since the end of the Second World War, 3 countries have traditionally shared the market for light fighters in the West: Great Britain (Vampire, Gnat, Harrier), France (Mystère IV, Mirage III / F1 / 2000, Super- standard) and the United States (F86 Saber, F104 Starfighter, F16). Surprisingly, for nearly 30 years, Great Britain and France seem to have definitely turned to the medium and heavy fighter market, with the Tornado, Typhoon and Tempest on one side, and the Rafale and SCAF on the other. The same goes for the United States, which are content to modernize the F16 platform which however continues to prance at the head of sales in the world, but which does not envisage the development of any real replacement for the time being. , the F35 evolving structurally and financially in the category of medium to heavy fighters, despite its single engine.
This disenchantment with light fighters allowed new players to emerge in this market, such as the Swedish Saab with its JAS 39 Gripen, which succeeded in establishing itself in several international competitions, while Swedish fighter planes traditionally monopolized the purely Scandinavian market. Pakistan, for its part, developed with the help of China the JF17, and has managed, for a few years, to find again export outlets for this powerful, light and affordable device. South Korea, allied with Indonesia, for its part developed the FA-50, a light supersonic fighter derived from its training and attack model. T-50 Golden Eagle, and whose performances go so far as to interest the US Air Force to play the aggressors during training.
The rest of this article is for subscribers only
News articles are accessible 24 hours, and Magazine articles are accessible 48 hours. Beyond that, they can only be viewed by subscribers to the Meta-Defense service. Articles dealing with sensitive subjects are reserved for subscribers as soon as they are published.
Personal subscription at € 4,95 per month or € 49,5 per year - Professional subscription at € 18,00 per month or € 180 per year - Student subscription at € 2,5 per month or € 25 per year - Excluding promotional code -
Download theMobile Meta-Defense app for IOS or Android to be informed of new publications by notification.