South Africa has bought 28, in a deal where there have been accusations of bribery. Thailand has ordered 6 planes. Hungary and the Czech Republic are leasing 14 each.
Critics have charged that the Gripen is a flawed product, as well as an unnecessary and overly expensive prestige project.
Tolgfors is trying to sell the latest version of the Gripen, the apparently Star Trek inspired “Next Generation” model. Swedish Radio News reported in February that this latest version lacks an encryption system and all radio communications have to be in the clear. A working encryption system won’t be in place until 2015.