The decision to acquire the new aircraft was made on the assumption of the aircraft being acquired by a second country in addition to Sweden. Should a second buyer not materialize, the Swedish government then reserves the right to cancel the order for the Gripen E should it want to.
The fighter may be purchased by Switzerland, which is also participating in the development of the Gripen E and paying for its development. A final decision on the proposed acquisition of 22 Gripen E/F for 3.12 billion Swiss Francs has yet to be made by Switzerland.
The Gripen E/F, also known as the Gripen NG, is a much improved version of the previous Gripen C/D fighter featuring:
- More powerful engine, the F414G from General Electric
- Greater payload and internal fuel capacity
- Two additional under-fuselage hard-points
- New strengthened landing gear
- New AESA radar from Selex Galileo
- Passive Infrared search and tracking sensor
- New cockpit and avionics
- New electronic warfare (EW) suite