Rather, the Ph.A.F. choose SoKor’s FA50 from other competitive planes including my bet Alenia Aermacchi M346. MRF, Multi-Role Fighter that were skipped are US F16 and F18 because of their higher cost. And French Mirage 2000 and Russian Mig29.
I remember the first video (TV news, 1989) of the Swedes Gripen when it crash landed violently and luckily the pilot survive. The Gripen is a sexy plane but with one engine is also a single point of failure. Proper maintenance of its engine is really a must for any single engine jets. I prefer the French Rafale or the Italian M346.
Above is a drawing of the JAS39 Gripen being requested by a friend so I drew that on my way to work. The ride was stable enough and the comfort was alright, even seated next to a stranger who didn’t bother me doodling something. I used a sign pen making it a challenge to avoid any mistakes.