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Fantasy 378 F-35A Sweden by WS-Clave Fantasy 378 F-35A Sweden by WS-Clave
Fantasy & Fiction Series

By request or design, the 'what if' can be realised here....

Part 378: Lockheed-Martin F-35A Lightning II of the Swedish Air Force.
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Midway2009 Dec 21, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Awesome!
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:iconputrick:
Awesome! But why to expensive. Besides, I rather we would go with the Eurofighter, if we abandoned Gripen. ;)
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S7alker117 Dec 21, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Although the Gripen is one amazing design. :)
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:iconputrick:
It is, per € it's the best fighter plane in the world. There are more capable planes, offensively speaking, but not to that price. :)
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S7alker117 Dec 21, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Yes, indeed. I do think that the Gripen is the best choice for small air forces, for example. Cheap, agile and versatile. It isn't as powerful as some 5th or 4.5th gens, but it gets the job done with a good price tag.

The Brazilians will surely be well-served with it, as will the Swiss (along with the other current users). :)
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I would call the C and E Gripens 4.5 and 5 generation. :)
Most exciting right now is that someone decided to look into Sea Gripen, that would be awesome! :)
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S7alker117 Dec 27, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Really? They don't seem very stealthy, although I do agree compeltelly with you in the aspects of sensrs and datalink. I actually think the Griped has some of the best of those in the world.

It would. Can you imagine what the return of the affordable naval jets could mean? :)
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Stealth is not part of the definition of the 4.5 gen fighter and Gripen do have some features of the 5th gen. Already the JA 37 could be tasked to work as a mini AWACS if needed. SwAF has always been using advanced data links, Draken had one that was discussed as a back up compass. A SwAF pilot talking about the data link in Gripen in front of a group of RAF pilots was interrupted and asked if this data link was something we were planing.
- No, it is active today, was the answer.
I think we invested heavily in them because we assumed the voice commands would be jammed.

That would be cool. ;)
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Wasn't there plans for a swedish stealth plane, FS 2020 I believe it's called, or is this part of the Gripen program?
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S7alker117 Jan 3, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Indeed, although I was also told that the whole Gen thing shouldn't be taken too seriously because there are more factors to account for than the general guidelines presented, like the situation and mission each plane was made for.

Anyhow, back into subject, the Gripen and the NG variant do have extremely advanced features, as per Sweedish norm (the Draken and the Viggen were incredibly advanced jet for their times).
Oh, and such foresight is underestimated nowadays. Always assume the worse and prepare for that. :)

It would, indeed. ^^
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