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CBH99 said:The one thing the Gripen has going for it, that the others don't, is that it has the potential to reinvigorate the Canadian aerospace industry during a time where it's been beaten to a pulp.
Bombardier, through it's own mismanagement (at the level that truly should be criminal) has sold off almost every asset in it's aerospace folder, essentially eliminating a huge chunk of the Canadian aerospace industry along with it. (Which is mind-boggling, since the C-series was a huge success as an aircraft, and short sighted politics got in the way).
What the Gripen brings to the table, in addition to being an advanced, nimble little jet - is the opportunity to create hundreds of high tech jobs, as well as a full technology transfer. Being able to manufacture them, update them, and service them all inside of Canada is the big shot in the arm that the Canadian aerospace industry desperately needs now that Bombardier has single-handedly basically destroyed it. (With the exception of Viking Air, which unfortunately is a very small player.)
Is it the best jet for Canada? Probably not. Although, being able to operate in austere northern environments is kind of what we're all about as a country, 6 to 7 months of the year.
Has it successfully participated in NATO operations? Yes, exceptionally so. Is it designed to excel at air-to-air as a MiG killer? Yes. Is it affordable to not only purchase, but also operate? Yes.
Is it 5th gen? No. Able to perform the same capabilities as the F-35? No. Is the current, upgraded model in service yet? No.
I've seen all 3 of these jets perform at air shows, and the Gripen honestly looks like a children's toy when compared to the others (Just due to it's incredibly small size.)
I am fairly pro F-35, with a Block 3 Super Hornet being my second choice. But, the Gripen isn't all bad when you consider the health boost it gives to our government directed industrial decline. :2c:
**All of that being said, IIIIIFFFFFF the Gripen is selected, I hope the manufacturing & technology transfer is done outside of Bombardier. Even if that means awarding to a different company, or starting up a small crown corporation from scratch. Bombardier leadership can't be more incompetent, inefficient, and in my own humble opinion, downright criminal. And yes, I'm mildly bitter about it.**
A friend who is an F-18 pilot once dryly remarked: "I have lot's of gun camera footage of Gripen's"