The French Defense Ministry’s draft for the upcoming military budget law has reached the government review level. The document, which sets program funding for military spending in 2009, contains money for aircraft, vehicles and material support.
If the €32-billion ($41-billion) budget is approved, €17 billion will be spent on eight new Eurocopter AS665 Tiger attack helicopters, as well as 14 Rafale jet fighters and 96 armored vehicles. Another portion is expected to go to maintaining the Tigers, which cost €8,000 per hour to operate.
France’s involvement in anti-terrorism operations in Afghanistan is thought to have strengthened the case for increased funding for personnel and aircraft.