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Gripen for Canada?  That sounds familiar... It's happening . After years of uncertainty, we now know that the Saab Gripen is a serious contender in the contest to replace the CF-18. This may not seem like big news.  The Gripen has long been mentioned alongside other potential contenders like the F-35 and Super Hornet.  This humble writer has been extolling the Gripen's virtues for years . So what is different now? Saab has made it official .  After years of little to mention on its website, Canada now has a dedicated subsection . Saab has also made a much more prominent appearance at this years CANSEC.  Not only do we have a media brief that focuses on Canada's needs, but Saab has a full size mock-up of the Gripen E on display. That digicam tho... Media briefings and mock-ups help raise awareness of the platform, but Saab has a long way to go before it can catch up to more established players like Lockheed Martin, Boeing, and Airbus.  What does a (rel