|Engines||General Electronics FE85-GE-15|
The Draken first started out in 1949 as a concept for a next-generation, jet-powered fighter for the nation of Sweden. When news of the BETA invasion was made known, the development project underwent a massive change; the Draken's development was converted from an aircraft to that of a TSF; later, technological know-how from the French Mirage III was used to hasten the conversion process. This was as opposed to the technological progression of the F-4 Phantom, which was developed from space-use work exoskeletons. As a result, the Draken retains compatibility with tactics usually employed by aircraft, including the capability for NOE (nape-of-the-Earth) flight, as opposed to just the jump-jet capability possessed by early TSFs.
The Draken was first deployed in 1976, in the Kingdom of Sweden.