At the time when the Netherlands, Belgium, Denmark and Norway were shopping to replace their F-104s, Dassault answered by incorporating the then new M53 engine into an F1 airframe. To appeal to European tastes the European flag was painted on the fin. Pic made with a 500mm mirror lens.
Even though it is basically the original YF-17, still the manufacturers wanted it to look like the F-18 prototype, which--albeit of the same configuration--was considerably heavier and with numerous other differences. Even the serial presentation was changed to a six-digit one to make it resemble a real naval fighter, ...which it was not.