Croatia to buy fighter jets from US or France

However, Zagreb can expect new planes to fly its skies by the end of 2024 at the earliest. [Shutterstock/canbedone]

The interdepartmental commission has recommended the Croatian government choose between the new American F-16 Block 70 and the used French Rafale fighter planes, according to unofficial information, EURACTIV’s partner Jutarnji list reports.

However, Zagreb can expect new planes to fly its skies by the end of 2024 at the earliest. In the meantime, it will have to fly eight Croatian MIG-21 until 2023 or even 2024, which affects the country’s air defence capabilities tremendously, and will probably force the country to request help from an allied country. 

There should be a decision regarding the purchase of aircraft as soon as possible because offers will not be valid indefinitely, warned President Zoran Milanović.

The countries making the offers – including Sweden and Israel – did, however, say they understood the situation in Croatia, which endured two large earthquakes last year.

(Željko Trkanjec | EURACTIV.hr)

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