Easily recognizable as the Saab FS2020 Stealth Fighter Concept, Erik Gustavsson's rendering certainly helps bring the idea of a "stealthy Gripen" to life. It maintains much of the Gripen's characteristics, but in a much more evasive-to-radar package.
The concept continues on the classic "eurocanard" layout, but trades in the single vertical stabilizer for a pair of fins remarkably similar to the YF-23's. It also boasts internal weapon storage, but forgoes the F-35's two larger bays for three smaller ones.
The concept appears to be highly based on the current Gripen design, and likely would share many components if actually built. It would also likely try to carry on the Gripen's tradition of lower cost and and easier maintenance.
Best of all, Erik was nice enough to paint up a version sporting RCAF markings! I think it looks great and certainly wouldn't mind seeing it flying above my house here near CFB Greenwood. I also think it would compliment Joe Green's Super Arrow concept quite nicely, thank you.
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I realize both this "Stealthy Gripen" and the Super Arrow are nothing more than concepts, but all aircraft start out as nothing more than a drawing on a piece of paper, napkin, or computer screen at first. Perhaps the same goes here.