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Sunday, April 11, 2010

Wings of Sweden (Discovery Channel)

While going through some interesting aviation videos on Youtube, I found a Discovery channel episode discussing the growth of Sweden's aviation industry. With the SAAB Gripen as one of the contenders of MMRCA fighter a/c acquisition for IAF, it is good to know that we are not dealing with novices, but a very experienced fighter a/c manufacturer.

An important point made in the documentary is that SAAB a/c have traditionally been cheap to maintain and easy to fly. Also, with Sweden's extreme weather conditions and limited space, all a/c are designed to withstand harsh weather conditions. This could help the Gripen score over competition, especially after it was reported that Leh's extreme temperatures were a tough nut to crack for 4 MMRCA contenders!

To learn more about Sweden's a/c industry, see the following videos.

NOTE: Videos 4 (latter half) and 5 discuss the JAS Gripen fighter a/c.

1 comment:

  1. Can't see the videos. The link comes up with the message "Private Video".