Croatia buys second-hand Rafale fighters, while France considers 12 new planes – .

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Croatia buys second-hand Rafale fighters, while France considers 12 new planes – .


WARSAW, Poland – During French President Emmanuel Macron’s visit to Croatia last week, Defense Minister Mario Banožić and his French counterpart Florence Parly signed an agreement under which the Croatian Air Force will purchase 12 planes Rafale F3-R combat vehicle.

It should be noted that, to replace the planes sold, the French army will order 12 new Rafale fighters in 2023, deliveries to begin in 2027, said Hervé Grandjean, spokesman for the French Ministry of Defense, quoted by the local news agency AFP. .

“I am proud that the Rafale aircraft is coming to Croatia soon, one of the best multi-purpose fighter jets today. By purchasing these planes Croatia will benefit from a powerful strategic deterrent for the next 30 to 40 years, ”Banožić said in a statement issued by the Croatian ministry. “It is an investment in our future and the security of our country, but also a tool that will strengthen Croatia’s position as an ally in NATO and a partner in the European Union. “

Last May, after Zagreb’s decision to choose the Rafale, the Croatian ministry announced that the deal was to amount to some 999 million euros ($ 1.1 billion). In addition to the aircraft, the contract covers weapon systems, spare parts, logistics and training.

France is due to deliver the first six twin-engine fighters to Croatia in 2024, and the remaining six planes will be supplied the following year. The acquisition will allow the Croatian Air Force to replace its obsolete Soviet-designed Mikoyan MiG-21 fighters.

Jaroslaw Adamowski is the Polish correspondent for Defense News.

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