I am even more convinced that Finland will choose Saab JAS 39 Gripen.
To sacrifice other attributes because one is not a good idea, especially when the assumed benefit is transient. Yes, this means that I think that new development will make stealth obsolete any time soon. And this will make F-35 an obsolete flying duck with poor flying capabilities and payload. With high price tag to buy and fly.
The Gripen offers lower price tag, lower flying cost and offers much better opportunities for co-operation with the R&D. This will deepen even more the close ties of the Finnish and Swedish military industry. This is a real win-win deal.
"Finland is Sweden's landmine" -- John Bolton.
A stupid person is a person who causes losses to another person or to a group of persons while himself deriving no gain and even possibly incurring losses. -- Carlo M. Cipolla
Mit der Dummheit kämpfen selbst Götter vergebens. -- Friedrich Schiller
It is a step in the right direction. More nukes though - either as part of a robust EU defence dimension, or in a Nordic context. Ditch that non-nuke treaty thingy, a Russian is a Russian, even when fried in butter. IMO.
Would Norway‘s Plan B be based on spending more than they are now?
Don't know. Not sure they feel the urgency...
The Norwegians opted out of the American Defender 2020 to save some bucks, the Americans responded with dropping out of Cold Response 2020...
It’s my understanding that the Defender 2020 exercises occur in continental Europe.
If the Norwegian government doesn’t feel the necessity to participate in an exercise IN EUROPE, designed to increase readiness to DEFEND EUROPE, then should the US be faulted for dropping out of the “Cold Response 2020” exercises in Norway?
If Norway see no need to participate in an exercise to defend its fellow NATO members, should the US be held to a different standard?
The American Republic will endure until the day Congress discovers that it can bribe the public with the public’s money.
- misattributed to Alexis De Tocqueville
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