Saab Gripen and Dassault Rafale Vs. F-35 JSF

Canada is considering other options to the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter (JSF). The Saab Gripen is one of their options. And this economic fact caught my attention: At well under $100 million apiece and the lowest operating cost of any fighter in the world at $4,700 an hour the Gripen is cost-effective and competent. 

Saab Gripen

Be sure to check out the French Dassault Rafale jet taking off from CVN-69 and CVN-74

8 thoughts on “Saab Gripen and Dassault Rafale Vs. F-35 JSF”

  1. OK so the french plane is interesting, I did not know we had other planes launching off a flat top. But it looks like the Saab is a tight plane with a good options!

  2. There is no substitute for absolute air superiority. It has turned the tide countless times in countless battles. It has written the history of the 20th century. It’s the grunts best friend. Cost cannot measure the value of air superiority to this nation’s defense. Further – Who holds the orbitals, holds the planet.

  3. mark: That was a first heard for me too.
    Struan: Air control is the bedrock of military tactics. I look forward to seeing the F-35’s success.

  4. 1. Nice pictures.
    2. Looks like there making fly-bys/touch and go’s. Hooks aren’t down. Like the F-35C.
    3. It’s Canada. BFD. Who’s going to attack them? Eskimos.

  5. For Canada it is a BFD — close to 16 billion to acquire.

    Albeit Canada has no Eskimos, we aren’t concerned about those living next door in Alaska. And know this: Canada’s flyers in F-18s have done combat service in the Gulf War, in the Balkans and over Libya. It is also an equal partner with the US in NORAD monitoring and patrolling the continent’s northern skies.
    Yes, our choice of the follow-on to the CF-188 is a BFD for us and US.

    1. Well & truly said. A nation that borders three oceans, has a trilion miles of littoral with a population less than California, has accounted itself a staunch & loyal ally to the US. – since Stephen Harper has been the PM.

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