SAAB Viggen land and take off video

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This design concept would still be useful today.

1. U.S. Air National Guard from shorter airfields.

2. Canada where they have one deployed airfield for air defense which is 5999 feet long.

3. Various operation useless dirt wars where airfields aren't all that long.


Would not mind seeing a new build of this aircraft design. 
1. Stealth? Not needed for most missions, let some other platform do that.

2. Air domination: ditto.

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A new build already exists: JAS 39 Gripen.

Gripen complies with the same 800 meter take-off and landing requirements.

It is lighter and cheaper, with at least the same payload/range capabilities. Gripen E certainly has more.

Needless to say, it is way more advanced ;)


For the US market, there's the Boeing T-7...

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Both the F-16 and F-35 also comply with the 800 metre requirement - the Norwegians demand it.