The end of big bucks fighter aircrafts
That’s the end of big bucks fighter jets as it seems the world, even the countries into strong growth, just had enough of spending too much on fighter aircrafts. This is outlined by the lessons from Brazil’s decision to choose outsider Gripen NG over more complex but costlier contenders from Boeing, Dassault Aviation and other manufacturers, analysts said. Brazil announced in December it was beginning talks with Saab, the Swedish manufacturer of Gripen NG, for extensive technology transfer as part of its planned purchase of 36 Gripen NG fighters. At the heart of the expected deal is Brazil’s ambition to become a regional provider of military hardware, learning and borrowing from suppliers such as Saab. Saab calls its Gripen NG the “world-leading and most affordable fighter.” Analysts see Saab’s assertion as an open challenge to rivals. Brazil’s selection of the Gripen fighter “underscored just how little remaining market space remains for the highly capable, but highly priced, dual-engine fighters from Boeing, Eurofighter and Dassault,” Defense News said. Countries looking to replace aging fighter fleets or upgrade their capabilities but wanting to stay within the circle of Western suppliers — not China or Russia — can choose between seven suppliers. These include Saab’s Gripen, Eurofighter’s Typhoon, Dassault’s Rafale, Boeing’s F-15 Strike Eagle and F/A-18 Super Hornet, and Lockheed Martin’s F-16 Falcon — and the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter.