Sweden has decided not to make a formal offer of the JAS 39E/F fighter to Denmark because it believes that the nation’s requirement is loaded in favor of the F-35A Joint Strike Fighter.

The Swedish FXM defense export agency announced July 21 that it would not bid, leaving the Eurofighter Typhoon and the Boeing F/A-18E/F Super Hornet in a contest against Lockheed Martin's F-35A. The decision follows "a comprehensive assessment that the state and the industry have made together," according to FXM Director-General Ulf Hammarström.

The Danish newspaper Politiken reports that since Denmark issued its 800-p. request for binding information (RBI) in March, FXM has been in contact with the Danish defense ministry requesting clarification of some of the terms. Ultimately, Politiken reports, Sweden concluded that the RBI requires the F-35’s competitors to commit to specific levels of industrial participation, but does not impose the same condition on Lockheed Martin. "They just asked for the same rules to be applied to all concerned," a Swedish industry source said.

Saab has become more selective in bidding since 2008, when the company responded to a request for information from Norway, which not only rejected Gripen but published deliberately inflated cost figures for the Swedish fighter, along with an unrealistically low cost for the F-35. Similarly, the company told Canada last year that it would not provide the level of detail that Canada’s fighter procurement secretariat had wanted unless there was a firm commitment to a competition.