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France favours air force in 2023 defence budget

11th October 2022 - 09:00 GMT | by Jean-Marc Tanguy in Paris


The French Air and Space Force and French Navy will receive the AASM Hammer in 2023; an example is pictured on display in July at Istres Airbase. (Photo: Jean-Marc Tanguy)

Galvanised by the Russia-Ukraine war, French military spending plans for 2023 focus on fixed-wing aviation.

France intends to raise annual defence spending in 2023 by €3 billion ($2.91 billion) to €43.9 billion.

This increase aligns with the 2019-2025 Military Programming Law (LPM) but before the full-scale invasion of Ukraine by Russia on 24 February, many parliamentarians believed it would be difficult to implement.

At €8.5 billion, major equipment procurement programmes account for a big slice of planned 2023 spending but they still lag behind salaries (€12.9 billion).

The French nuclear deterrent accounts for €5.6 billion.

The big winner among the services in 2023 will be the French Air and Space Force, which will receive 13

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Jean-Marc Tanguy


Jean-Marc Tanguy

Jean-Marc Tanguy started its career in journalism on 1991 and focussed quickly on defence matters …

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