Croatia is in talks with Sweden and America on shopping for fighter jets to modernize its air drive, Protection Minister Damir Krsticevic stated on Thursday.
Zagreb was near hanging a deal on shopping for a squadron of used and refitted F-16 fighter jets from Israel, however finally Israel knowledgeable Croatia it couldn’t promote the planes because it couldn’t save an approval from the US.
Israel had been in competitors with several international locations bidding for Zagreb’s enterprise, and its most critical competitor was reported to have been Sweden’s SAAB providing new Gripen planes. “The federal government continues to be decided to resolve (this) strategic situation. We’re in talks with Sweden and the US, and we are going to inform the general public well as soon as we can have some concrete info,” Krsticevic instructed reporters.
Croatia joined the NATO alliance in 2009 and the EuropeanUnion in 2013. Its air power has a squadron of Russian-made MiG-21 jets courting from its previous inside previous Yugoslavia; however, they’re outdated, and just a few are operational in the meanwhile.