Swedish membership in NATO opens great opportunities for cooperation with France in combat aircraft

Swedish neutrality, stemming from an international position dating back to 1814, was one of the pillars of the country's international policy during the 19th and 20th centuries, allowing Stockholm to preserve peace on its territory for more than 200 years. However, the country has never neglected, during these years, its own defense and its strategic autonomy. Thus, Swedish aeronautical companies, such as ASJA and Saab, undertook from the beginning of the 30s to develop national combat aircraft, such as the Svenska Aero Jaktfalken biplane which made its first flight in 1929, or the Saab 17 dive bomber ,…

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The Czech Republic ready to turn to the American F-35A

In 2004, on the sidelines of its accession to the European Union and 5 years after its accession to NATO, the Czech authorities ordered 14 JAS-39 Gripen C/D fighters from Sweden, including two two-seaters, to replace its Mig- 23 and Mig-21 inherited from the Warsaw Pact era, in the form of a 12-year leasing for an annual amount of 1,7 billion belts, or €65 million. In 2015, Prague renewed the lease for a period of 12 years, which will end in 2027. On this date, several choices are envisaged by the Czech authorities. The extension of the JAS-39 rental was quickly ruled out,…

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Brazil to order additional JAS-39E Gripen NGs from Saab

These last few years have been particularly trying for the Swedish manufacturer Saab, and its new JAS-39 E/F Gripen NG fighter. After being excluded from the competition in Switzerland, the Swedish group founded important and legitimate hopes of imposing themselves for the replacement of the Finnish F/A-18s, and was in the final in the Canadian competition. Unfortunately, these three countries turned to the American F-35A. At the same time, the emerging European air forces of the Eastern countries which formed the Gripen's initial clientele in the 90s and 2000s, turned massively to the American F-16 Block 70 Viper, while even Thailand, she…

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Brazil is considering a new order for 30 Gripen E/F

The year 2021 will have been a year of great disappointment for the Swedish manufacturer Saab. As in the 5 previous years, this one did not succeed in imposing its Gripen fighter, whether it was the classic JAS-39 C/D version in Croatia, which preferred 12 second-hand Rafales acquired from the France, than its Gripen NG or JAS-39 E/F with its Finnish neighbor, who preferred the F-35A despite a very attractive and ambitious offer from Stockholm. To date, and apart from the Gripen NG orders for Flygvaptnet, the Swedish Air Force, and the 36 Gripen NGs ordered by Brazil in 2014,…

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Thailand reckons F-35A will be cheaper than Swedish JAS-39 Gripen E

This is a statement that must have hurt the Saab headquarters in Linköping very badly. According to comments reported by the Bangkok Post, the Chief of Staff of the Thai Air Force, Air Chief Marshal Napadej Dhupatemiya, reportedly declared that he favored the acquisition of 8 F-35A Lightning IIs to replace part of the F-5 and F-16 the oldest of the Royal Thai Air Force, rather than acquiring a second squadron of Gripen from the Swedish Saab, of which 7 JAS 39C aircraft are already in service within the No. 7 squadron of Surat Thani. He thus takes the direct opposite of his predecessor, the Air Chief Marshal Maanat...

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Can the French aeronautical industry bounce back from the success of the F-35 in Europe?

At the end of last week, and as anticipated, the Finnish authorities announced that they had selected the American F-35A fighter to succeed the F-18s within its air force, at the end of the HX competition which saw once again the American fighter to the other Western models, F/A 18 E/F Super Hornet, Gripen, Rafale and Typhoon. As in Switzerland, the conclusions presented by the Finnish authorities are final, the F-35 appearing superior to other competitors in all areas, including in the area of ​​budgetary sustainability. And as in Switzerland, many voices are now being raised to restore…

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Boeing's Super Hornet leaves Canadian competition through the back door

For ten years, Lockheed-Martin's F-35 Lighting II has imposed itself in all the competitions in which it has participated. If the conditions of these victories are often subject to discussion, it is nonetheless true that the American apparatus, despite its weaknesses and its many faults, has always managed to convince the officials in charge of choosing, for their respective countries, the aircraft that will be the spearhead of their air force for the next 50 years. Canada will probably be no exception to the rule, since after the withdrawal of Dassault Aviation and its Rafale, then Airbus…

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Will the Swedish JAS39 C / D Gripen win in the Philippines?

Despite a promising start and a very attractive performance-price ratio, the Swedish fighter Saab JAAS 39 Gripen is struggling to win in international competitions, squeezed between versatile fighters such as the Rafale, the F35A and the Typhoon, which are more expensive but also more efficient. , and light fighters like the South Korean FA-50 and the Pakistani JF-17, whose performances are increasingly remarkable, and the acquisition costs are singularly low. In addition, the Swedish single-engine fighter has to deal with the return of Lockheed-Martin's F16 in its Viper version, a device whose performance and characteristics are substantially identical to that of the Gripen E/F, but...

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Bangladesh launches competition to acquire 16 modern multi-purpose fighters

While the whole of Asia seems to be embarking on a vast movement of rapid rearmament, the authorities of Bangladesh have just announced the launch of a procedure aimed at acquiring, on the 2021/2022 budget, 16 combat aircraft modern multi-purpose vehicles as part of its “Forces Objectives 2030” plan. For this, the country is planning an exceptional line of credit financed directly at the state level, and not impacting the budget of the Ministry of Defense, in the amount of 25 Crore de taka, i.e. €000 billion. , with a provision of 2,42% i.e. Taka 25 Crore / €7500 m from the 600/2021 budget and financing by…

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Croatia would have selected the Rafale to replace its Mig-21

According to the Croatian site jutarnji.fr, which is none other than the most important title of the country's leading press group, the Zagreb authorities have selected the French offer of 12 second-hand Rafales to modernize its air force and replace its Mig-21s acquired from Russia shortly after independence. The cost of the operation, including the 12 aircraft, ammunition and training, would represent an envelope of slightly less than €1 billion. The first 6 aircraft, which will be taken from aircraft in service within the Air and Space Force, could be delivered as early as 2024 if the final contract manages to be signed before...

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