Paris - France's Direction Générale pour l'Armement (DGA) has ordered eight Casa CN-235 transport aircraft for 225 million euros ($305 million) as a stopgap measure pending delivery of the larger A400M airlifter, the procurement office said April 1.
I am left to wonder what adding more of these small transports will achieve, if the real intent is to provide additional lift in the near term to substitute for the delays on the A400M? As I noted on the tanker thread, this would have been a splendid opportunity for the French to "lead the way" and provide an example of reciprocal benefits on defense purchases by leasing or buying some C-130Js. Instead, they opted to stay with the "home team". Not that I have issues with preferring one's own domestic industry; I don't, and have long advocated that for that reason alone, the USAF tanker procurement should have NEVER been competed, but sole sourced to the "home team". I do find the juxtaposition with Sarko, et al, decrying U.S. "protectionism" and this sole source purchase from EADS rather hypocritical at this sensitive time.
Do as we say, not as we do, say's M. Sarko & friends.