Momentum is building in the French government to sharply curtail the Rafale fighter program and cancel procurement of the European NH-90 helicopter because of severe budget pressures. It is increasingly likely that 235 Rafale B/Cs for the French air force will be deferred, while the smaller navy Rafale M 86-aircraft procurement will proceed on schedule. The navy's second nuclear-powered aircraft carrier also faces an increasingly uncertain future. Late last month, President ...

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