Croatian-Israeli F-16 deal scrapped

Continental Europe

ANALYSIS

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Croatian MiG-21 pilots observe IAF ground crews as they tend to F-16D Block 30 Barak 063 shortly after arriving at Pleso air base last August 2. Tomislav Brandt/Croatian MoD

THE CROATIAN government reversed its decision to acquire 12 former Israeli Air Force (IAF) F-16C/D Block 30 Barak aircraft on January 14.

In an effort to replace the dwindling fleet of MiG-21 fighters operated by the Hrvatsko Ratno Zrakoplovstvo (HRZ, Croatian Air Force), Zagreb accepted the Israeli offer in March last year (see Israeli F-16s for Croatia, May 2018, p6). The deal was worth around $500m and included training for HRZ pilots and ground crews, a flight simulator, ground support equipment, initial spares and weapons, as well as adaptation of the existing infrastructure at Zagreb-Pleso air base.

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