To be profitable the plane has needed foreign sales, and these have been few.
Plans for a new version of the Gripen were presented earlier this year. Ny Teknik says its information comes from previously classified documents. Most surprising is the suggestion that the plane could be switched between the three different functions of pursuit, attack, and reconnaissance.
The military thinks a drone version could play an important role in future military operations, and would not be limited by having to take into account the effect of G forces on pilots.
Such a plane could be in operation by around 2030.