Looking West

Following Croatia’s decision to choose the Israeli F-16 Barak as its new fighter, Antonio Prlenda assesses the current state of the Croatian Air Force and its aim to modernise and fully Westernise its fleet.

Croatian Air Force

Force Report

PART ONE

Although it has more than 100 years of local military aviation tradition – dating back to the army and naval air elements of the former Austro-Hungarian Empire – Croatia recognises December 12, 1991 as the foundation of its contemporary air force. On that date, the command of the Hrvatsko ratno zrakoplovstvo i protuzračna obrana (HRZ i PZO, Croatian Air Force and Air Defence) was officially established in the capital Zagreb, during the country’s war of independence.

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