Publication of Report to Parliament 2017 On Arms Exports
(Source: Armed Forces Ministry; issued July 7, 2017)
(Issued in French; unofficial translation by
Annual arms export orders booked by France, in € billions. The spike in 2015 and 2016 is explained by three contracts for the Rafale fighter, and Australia’s submarine order, which is worth €34 billion but only a preliminary contract for which was booked in 2016. (FR AFM graphic)
The Ministry for the Armed Forces today published the 2017 report to Parliament on arms exports. With orders worth 14 billion euros booked in 2016, “Team France” confirms its effectiveness to market its expertise and know-how on the international market. Florence Parly, Minister of the Armed Forces, will have the opportunity to highlight this in Cherbourg next Sunday, when she welcomes Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, under the intergovernmental agreement with Australia on submarines.

Exports of military equipment are part of France's defense and security policy. Vital for our defense industry and the equipment of our armed forces, they also contribute to our country’s strategic autonomy and its international influence.

France’s defense industry comprises about ten large groups and 4,000 small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs). Today, it employs 165,000 people, and their number is expected to reach 200,000 in the next 10 years.

While before 2014 France on average booked orders worth 4 to 7 billion euros every year, the total for 2016 doubled, confirming the successful growth in our export successes, with 14 billion euros of new orders, or about the same as in 2015.

The reinjection of 10 to 20% of the turnover of military equipment exports in research and development maintains France’s technological advance, and supports high-tech jobs which cannot be outsourced.

The signing of the intergovernmental agreement with Australia on ocean-based submarines, on December 20, marks a strategic partnership between our two countries, which will benefit the French industrial base on a long-term basis.

This contract, in addition to the successes of the Rafale in India and of the Caracal in Kuwait, demonstrates the effectiveness of coordinated action by political authorities, the Directorate General of Armaments (DGA), the military services and all industrialists concerned.

Several prospects are currently underway, in Asia or the Middle East, France's first export zones since 2012. Florence Parly, the Minister of the Armed Forces, is fully committed to leading “Team France” for export development.

Already, last Thursday in Brussels, the minister signed a declaration of intent on the sale of armored vehicles to Belgium under the Scorpion program.

France assumes its responsibilities and pursues a policy of exporting weapons transparent and rigorous, in strict compliance with its international commitments.

Click here for the full report (103 PDF pages, in French) on the Armed Forces Ministry website.


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