Sweden plans to buy 40-60 Saab JAS 39E/F fighters after reaching agreement on the joint development, acquisition and operation of the next-generation Gripen with Switzerland, which plans to buy 22. Initial operational capability is scheduled for 2023, and Swedish Defense Minister Karin Enstrom says the estimated life-cycle cost over 30 years for the new Gripen fleet will be SEK90 billion ($13.6 billion). Previewing the budget proposal to be submitted on Sept. 20 for ...
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