breiz From France, joined Mar 2005, 1858 posts, RR: 2 Posted (2 months 2 weeks 2 days 23 hours ago) and read 1951 times:
A new French plan for procurement of military stuff ("Loi de Programmation Militaire" or LPM) for the period 2014- 2019 is being prepared.
This plan will most probably see the procurement of the A300M reduced from 30 to 15, and only 2 A330MRTT out of a total of 12 (total requirement originally beyond 2019 already).
The MALE drone programme would not be launched during the period
EADS commented that if they were a military based company, there would be hard times to come.
francoflier From France, joined Oct 2001, 3508 posts, RR: 11 Reply 1, posted (2 months 2 weeks 2 days 20 hours ago) and read 1882 times:
Given the tough economic times, the severe budget chopping is not a surprise.
On the other hand, the French military has always been somewhat good at doing their best with whatever they have on hand.
If it means the Mirage 2000s and F1s keep flying for longer, then all the better.
Putting drones and UAV programs on the back burner might not be a good idea on the long run, however.
Looks like I picked the wrong week to quit posting...
The 2013 French White Paper on Defence and National Security cut their requirement for tactical transport aircraft from 70 to 50; since this includes their special forces' C-130 and C-160, the French envisage their A400M order will be cut to 35-40 in the 2014-19 budget.
This reduction in the volume of orders, and perhaps the pace of delivery will cause intensive discussions with the manufacturer Airbus Military and, inevitably, lead to an increase in the price of each unit, which was already far from good market.