Tuesday, 11 July 2017

Sweden pulls out of Belgian fighter battle

By: Valerie Insinna, July 10, 2017

WASHINGTON — Sweden will not put forward Saab’s Gripen E for Belgium’s fighter contest, the country’s defense ministry announced Monday.

In a notice explaining the decision, the Swedish Defense Materiel Administration, or FMV, said the government was not prepared to provide the operational support required by the Belgian government, which is seeking out 34 new fighters to replace its fleet of 54 F-16s.

“This would require a Swedish foreign policy and political mandate that does not exist today. Therefore Sweden and the FMV choose not to submit an answer to the Belgian request,” the notice stated........Read rest of article: HERE

"Lockheed Martin’s F-35, the Eurofighter Typhoon and the Dassault Rafale are the likely remaining competitors for the Belgian competition.

Of those choices, the F-35 will be the likely victor and could be Lockheed’s only new F-35 sale this year, said Byron Callan, director of Capital Alpha Partners, an investment consulting firm."

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