France Adjusts Fighter Programs To Meet Funding

By Amy Svitak
Source: Aviation Week & Space Technology
January 20, 2014

With fewer Rafale combat jets on order and no firm export contracts in hand, France is facing difficult choices.

The French defense ministry announced contracts on Jan. 10 for €1 billion ($1.4 billion) in planned upgrades to the Dassault Aviation combat jet. Yet budget pressures have forced drastic reductions in the total number of Rafale aircraft and next-generation weapon systems the ministry plans to buy over the next six years, prompting new spending for renovation of Mirage 2000D fighters and further extending the service life of aging Mirage 2000-5s.

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