There are some who think we should buy the A-10s when you retire them, but I honestly don’t see what for. The Rafale is an interesting choice. There’s a lot of pressure to stick with a U.S. supplier but those F-35s are crazy expensive.
If you don’t want to pony up the (extreme) money which the F-35 has boondoggled into, I’d just as soon grab a Grippen over the Rafale. I’d say it’s appreciably better bang for the buck.