As long as Saab stays in Belgium competition, it indicates that race is open.
"If the development bill is $1.5 billion"
Cant be so high, no way, not when Saab is involved.
There is no Lot 10 contract, that's why.
Norway is an interesting case, all F-16's should be retired by 2023 but getting combat ready F-35's in just few years time is not happening, or like Gilmore puts it: "The program’s plans for FoM...
"F35 will be an excellent dogfighter"
"All F-35 variants display objectionable or unacceptable flying qualities at transonic speeds"
Then there are internal thermal...