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Actually, the Gripen was the major alternative and would have been a lot cheaper than the Eurofighter. The military initially favoured the Gripen, as did the defence minister Scheibner (then FPOE). However, there was a very sudden change in opinion, allegedly due to some intervention of the (former FPOE) Finance Minister Grasser (a rather odious type as far as I'm concerned; also a creature of Haider), which contributed to the appearance that there had been some shady deals.
by Almanax on Wed Nov 1st, 2006 at 07:16:37 AM EST
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