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  • French Defense By The Numbers
    Posted by Amy Svitak 5:17 AM on May 01, 2013

    French Defense Spending 2013

    Payroll: € 11.37 billion
    Everything Else: €18.78 billion
    Extraordinary Income: €1.27 billion*

    Total: €31.42 billion

    *Cash coming from one-time sales of state-owned assets. In the coming year the French government foresees applying several billion in proceeds from the sale of these assets — mainly property — to the defense budget. This represents a one-time cash infusion that will not be repeated. In other words, when French President Francois Hollande talked recently about freezing defense spending at 2013 levels (€31.4 billion), not only was he not accounting for inflation, but he wasn't necessarily including extraordinary income either. That means the budget between 2014-2019 could fluctuate depending on the timing of the sale of these assets.

    French Armed Forces:

    Military personnel: 218,544

    Civilian staff: 66,709

    Total workforce: 285,253

    Defense Industry:

    < 4000 companies

    Consolidated Turnover: €15 billion/170,000 jobs

    French Defense Spending 2014-2019: €179 billion

    Projected Spending 2014-2025: €364 billion

    Based on these figures, by 2025 the French armed forces will comprise:

    Land Forces:

    66,000 Personnel

    7 Armed brigades

    200 Heavy tanks

    250 Medium tanks

    2,700 Armored vehicles

    140 Reconnaissance and attack helicopters

    115 Maneuver helicopters

    About 30 tactical UAVs


    4 SSBN

    6 SNA

    1 Aircraft carrier

    15 First rank frigates

    About 15 patrol ships

    6 Surveillance frigates

    3 Projection and command

    Air Force:

    225 Fighters (air and sea)

    About 50 tactical transport aircraft

    4 AWACS

    3 E2C Hawkeye

    12 MRTTs

    12 Theater surveillance drones

    8 Ground-based aerial defense systems (SAMP/T)

    Tags: ar99, Livre Blanc, French White Paper, French Defense Budget

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