is about Sweden’s Grippen aircraft and its quite different strategic implementation. Sweden joining NATO changes the picture away from the USA’s insanely bloated and quasi monopolistic military manufacturers.
I am particularly interested in what our aviation guys (Steve, Tim, …) think of this. I am most impressed by how this changes the support systems on the ground.
Change over 70 years of NATO culture? Break decades of relationships between NATO governments and the MIC? Compared to the 35, it looks like the Grippen has a bit greater range, and a bit smaller payload. Saab has managed to sell them to a few countries, including the Czech Republic and Hungary, but those two countries have not been in NATO as long as the major players. I would think inertia and “protected free speech” will win.