Its called budget cuts. The military budget have been decreased over and over and
over again the past 20-30 years and today there is hardly anything left of the Swedish armed forces.
Probably also a very top heavy organization.
A small budget but still needs for acquiring of new materiel like artillery (we only have 12 Archers),
new Submarines (2 Type A26 on order) and we also needs an anti-air defence
as we currently don't have any at all.
Also the Gripen aircraft is not that maintenance "heavy" but rather the opposite.
I also think that acquiring new aircrafts and developing our own is to sort of
support the domestic manufacturers like Saab. Although in some cases like with new IFV,
FMV opted for a non-Swedish manufacturer despite having a equivalent domestic option.
Even if the acquiring cost might be higher, I think it still could be of benefit for the country to keep
the jobs within the country.
Personally I think the Governments that have been involved in the Gripen decisions
have made the right decisions in keeping the Gripen-project alive.
Like a thunderbolt of lightning the Dragon roars across the sky. Il Drago Ruggente