Croatian Israeli F-16 deal in doubt

Croatia selected Israel to supply it with 12 F-16 Barak multirole ighters but the 2017 deal is unlikely to go ahead. The US is demanding that Israel remove sophisticated electronics from the 30-yearold aircraft before they are delivered. It is those electronics which made the elderly machines desirable to Croatia in the irst place. Without US approval the deal cannot go ahead, according to the terms of end-user agreements signed when the jets were sold to Israel. The United States is ofering 12 F-16s from its own surplus stock as replacements. Croatia has an urgent requirement to replace its MiG-21 ighters because of neighbour Serbia’s recent acquisition of MiG-29s from Russia.