Alsatian From France, joined May 2005, 474 posts, RR: 0 Posted (2 years 4 months 1 day 10 hours ago) and read 5841 times:
Some french army budget cutbacks have just been announced. The initial target of 286 Rafale (Armée de l'air + Marine) is now downsized to 225 (about 120 are already in service). Moreover France will likely order some General Atomics MQ-9 Reaper.
flagon From France, joined May 2007, 145 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (2 years 4 months 11 hours ago) and read 5375 times:
This is the current view until 2018, this does not mean at all that the overall target is set for ever to 225 fighters, otherwise, as stated by KC135, both the workers and the industrial representatives involved would have been very vocal about it since long back.
Additional Rafale orders may actually take place from 2019 and I would not be surprised if that's always been more or less the plan...