They also wanted 46% of the project, making everyone else subcontractors.
wanted more fuel capacity for UK air defence, that was a Cold War requirement, they wanted it kept for overseas deployment and more range in the strike role, post Cold War.
The early Naval versions now in French service (the French AF
is actually behind the Eurofighter nations in service entry, or at least the RAF), means that the Rafale pilots are keen to practice ACM with another new naval fighter, the USN
But no reply from the USN
But you could ask, why F-16 and F-18?