The French defense ministry will slightly increase military procurement spending next year, for the first time since the early 1990s. In addition, major programs such as Dassault Aviation's Rafale and Eurocopter's Tiger will gain momentum soon, when long-awaited multiyear orders are signed. According to the Lionel Jospin government's proposed 1999 budget, which is expected to be approved shortly by parliament, the defense budget will increase to $31.6 billion (exclusive of pensions), ...

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