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.
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