There are 24 aircraft to replace before any more second-hand sale can happen.
"The National Management Commission wants to shed light on the purchase of American F-35s. It will examine the legality of the evaluation procedure followed for the choice of new combat aircraft for the army. Its work will begin in February."
Sweetheart that is 2020 link and now know it was BS. Optimist link is this MONTH!
-Another point of attention is the availability of aircraft. If it tends to improve, it remains "perfectible" according to Mr. Ferrara. "Taking into account the issues related to the engine and the level of operational support [NSO], the technical operational availability [DTO] of the Rafale [air and marine] reached 55.8% in the first half of 2021, against 50.4% in 2020", which remains "to be put into perspective" given that the "current rate appears very close to that observed in 2018 [55.7%], and not so far from that of 2017 [53.2%] and 2019 [52.2%]"Yes a minister lies in front of everyone, to protect Dassault rather than his soldiers?
It's simple they paid Dassault to have an availability of 73% in 2020, if Dassault had not reached they would have claimed the financial penalties, and if they had not done so the Ministry of the Economy would have claimed (in France they are very good at recovering every penny).
Give it will be a new fleet of planes, that should be achievable. Depending on how many spare engines you get. They have about a 12 month turnaround for major repair. Going by the link, the government say they are cannibalising 14. Probably because of not being able to be repaired. Possible frame cracking or similar terminal issue. They still have ongoing 'engine issues'.The deal involves performance based logistics (PBL) clause which assures 75% availability for 5 years.
I haven't seen this posted about 90 rafales