• Seen in Finland where it lost out to the F-35, the Gripen has been effectively frozen out of the international export market since signing Brazil up to the Gripen E/F programme in 2014.

Saab’s president and CEO, Micael Johansson, has told reporters of his ‘extreme frustration at the lack of recent sales of the company’s Gripen combat aircraft.

Speaking to Janes and other defence media at the company’s Stockholm headquarters on 26 August, Johansson conceded that the single-engined ‘Euro-canard’ had struggled to meet the export expectations that his predecessors had laid out for the multirole fighter, saying that this was not a reflection on the quality of the aircraft, but was down to politics.

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