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We are all reliant on US components...

Back in the bad days, in 1978, the Americans blocked an export of Viggens to India in by refusing to issue an export license for the RM8/JT8D engine, forcing India to choose the SEPECAT Jaguar instead. This meant that we never ever got any export orders for the plane, and the 329 machines were only operated by the Swedish Air Force.

On the other hand, the Americans had helped us out a lot with designing Viggen. Doing it on our own would have taken far more time and greater expense.

Sadly, they have all been phased out. Having 300 Viggens to complement our 200 Gripens would have been very nice. But dead expensive.

Peak oil is not an energy crisis. It is a liquid fuel crisis.

by Starvid on Wed Dec 19th, 2007 at 01:01:24 PM EST
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