Saab annouced on Aug. 28 that it is developing a new decoy missile system, the Lightweight Air-launched Decoy Missile, as part of Gripen’s E/F Electronic Warfare capability.
The company will offer the missile together with the new Electronic Attack Jammer Pod for Finland’s HX fighter procurement program.
It also revealed that the missile has a stand-in jammer that can jam or create false targets for acquisition, tracking, fire control and airborne radars.
The economic impact of the coronavirus crisis, which has forced the government to significantly increase international borrowings and further load national debt, was feared to have a negative bearing of the military's HX project.
Basically PR by a government whose existence has been hanging by a fraying thread for sometime now. As to why three aircraft, I'd suspect availability issues not necessarily related to the aircraft itself.
I do think so. Given that both share the same engine, it won't make much difference for them if you start counting all the cost that you would have with adding yet another platform b/w the two (trainee formation, stock of parts...).
They are probably better keeping their old twin seat Gripen until those are too old to be deemed safe and economical. And then only order the T-7 at the best price money can buy on this program (meanwhile 300+ would have been produced for the USAF, 100 for the US Navy (perhaps!) plus all the export models).