Croatia formally signs for Rafale acquisition

After selecting the Dassault Rafale F3-R as the winner of its Multi-Role Fighter Aircraft programme, the Croatian government has officially signed an acquisition agreement with its French counterpart and will become the third European nation to equip itself with the type.

The signing of this agreement – which is valued at €999m – was announced on Twitter by the French Minister for the Armed Forces, Florence Parly, on November 25, who hailed the deal as “a strong act for defence [in] Europe.” This deal was signed as part of French President Emmanuel Macron’s visit to the Croatian capital, Zagreb.

Croatian Rafale purchase agreement signing 25-11-21 [Florence Parly via Twitter]
The French Minister for the Armed Forces, Florence Parly, and her Croatian counterpart sign the acquisition agreement for Croatia's purchase of 12 second-hand Dassault Rafales from France in Zagreb, Croatia, on November 25, 2021. The deal is worth €999m, which will be paid in a series of instalments by the Croatian government. French Ministre des Armées (Ministry of Armed Forces), via @florence_parly on Twitter

Croatia announced on May 28 that it would purchase 12 second-hand Rafale F3-Rs from France to replace its ageing fleet of Soviet-era Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-21bis-D/UMD fighters, which currently comprises just eight airframes. These upgraded fighters entered operational service with the the Hrvatsko Ratno Zrakoplovstvo i Protuzračna Obrana (HRZ i PZO, Croatian Air Force and Air Defence) in 2003.

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