Aún reconociéndome como un hincha fanático del Gripen, acabo de descubrir en el foro "The Aviation Forum", la existencia de un proyecto de 1980 designado "Proyect p.106".
Aparentemente el diseño fue concebido como una alternativa monomotor del Eurofighter, en las etapas iniciales del programa, presuntamente abandonado...
Pero el parecido con el ulterior caza sueco, estaría demostrando otra cosa...
He aquí la historia de este proyecto, nacido como un emprendimiento privado de BAe, y que en palabras del forista Stealth Spy del mencionado sitio, dió origen al avión indio Hindustain HF-73 (predecesor del LCA), antes de terminar sus días en Suecia:
"Alright, here's more on the LCA's history :
If you know about the history of the Eurofighter, you will be aware of the turmoil with France joining and then being thrown out etc tec, suffice to say that at one point it looked as if a UK only fighter would have to be produced, BAe proposed a private venture single engine light fighter which the RAF weren't too keen on but BAe hoped to win them round and also take on the export market with their design which was the P.106. When the project appeared to be gathering momentum within BAe it was noticed that the P.106 also seemed to meet the Indian LCA requirement perfectly and a joint programme was investigated.
When Germany and Italy then decided to rejoin the UK in a new fighter programme the Govt insisted that BAe put its full weight behind the project and the P.106 was virtually 'given' to India with BAe willing to act as a sort of 'consultant' while the 'main event' was obviously the Eurofighter Typhoon as far as the UK was concerned.
Now obviously the Tejas owes nothing to this design except maybe its vaguest stats (size, weight, engine thrust etc)
This infact was later sold to Sweden after the apparent Indian rejection and served as the basis for the Gripen."
Aparentemente, el Gripen es más inglés que sueco...
Que contentos deben estar los fanáticos del Rafale!!!