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UK messed this one up, we should have made more of the Boeing / Goshawk relationship to get in on this but kudos to Saab, I hope we work with them on a rival European/Jap 6th Gen at the expense of Germany and France.
I always liked SAAB jets and a company and country who can produce the Grippen on their own deserves the kudos.
They did and for a while, the Hawk looked like it was the front runner and the USAF were especially impressed with the T2’s airborne emulation and synthetics; it would also have allowed parallel upgrades for the USN’s T-45Cs.
Unfortunately, the goalposts were shifted and a supersonic capability was suddenly added.