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In the US, they told about the problems of the F-35 in Europe

Sales of US fifth-generation F-35 Lightning II fighter jets in Europe face fierce competition from local manufacturers of combat aircraft, Breaking Defense says.

The publication writes that in the coming years Finland, the Czech Republic, and Switzerland will make their final decisions on the procurement of new fighters, which are determined not only by financial and technical considerations but also by politics. "All three countries under consideration have unique characteristics that can create problems for American fifth-generation fighters," the publication says.

The publication writes that the F-35 Lightning II may be expensive for the Czech Republic, which operates Swedish JAS 39 Gripen fighters. According to Breaking Defense, Prague may continue to use the aircraft of the Swedish company Saab AB in the future, which is "less likely to anger Russia." "American-made aircraft have one advantage: the recent political downturn in relations between the Czech Republic and Russia," the newspaper notes.

Non-NATO Finland, which has an American F/A-18 Hornet, will make the main choice, according to Breaking Defense, between the JAS 39 Gripen and the F-35 Lightning II. The publication is confident that the new Finnish combat aircraft will potentially have to simultaneously overcome Russian air defense (air defense) and fight modern Russian fighters. In the first case, the advantage is gained by the inconspicuous F-35 Lightning II, in the second — capable of using the Swedish airbase JAS 39 Gripen.

The purchase of an American aircraft by Switzerland is opposed, in particular, as the newspaper writes, by residents of the French-speaking regions of the country who are confident in the expediency of acquiring a European (French) Rafale.

In February, the Defense News publication, referring to the statement of the Deputy Commander of the Swedish Air Force, Brigadier General Anders Persson, wrote that the Finnish Air Force should purchase fourth-generation JAS 39 Gripen fighters manufactured by the Swedish company Saab AB, because in the event of a war with Russia, "the more vulnerable Finnish air fleet can retreat west to bases in neighboring Sweden, which would be easier to implement when two countries have JAS 39 Gripen at once."

In February 2019, the commander of the Swedish Air Force Mats Helgesson said that the Swedish fighter JAS 39 Gripen can destroy Russian Su-series aircraft without resorting to stealth technology to reduce visibility.

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