At its 59th session, on Friday, May 28, 2021, the Croatian Government adopted the Decision on the procurement of a multi-role fighter aircraft (VBA).
The government assessed that the offer of France was the best and made a decision on the procurement of 12 multi-role fighter planes Rafale (10 single-seater and 2 two-seater).
The Prime Minister Andrej Plenković pointed out that the purchase of the Rafale F3-R multi-role fighter aircraft would significantly increase the capabilities of the Croatian Air Force.
“By purchasing fighter jets, Croatia is gaining a powerful strategic deterrent for the next 30 to 40 years, which significantly strengthens its international position, airspace protection and multiplies the overall combat capability of the Croatian Army. The purchase of a multi-role fighter aircraft will strengthen Croatia’s position as an ally within NATO and a partner within the European Union. Thus, for the first time, we will reach 2% of GDP allocated for strengthening our defense capabilities, which is the goal of all NATO members “, said the Prime Minister Andrej Plenković.
In addition to aircraft, the French offer includes a flight simulator, basic weapons package, ground and test equipment, spare parts, staff training according to the principle of “training of trainers”, comprehensive support from authorized representatives of manufacturers for a period of three years and a 12-month warranty. to each aircraft, engine and other equipment and spare parts delivered.
With the current Croatian MiG-21 aircraft, the service life expires during 2024, which is why it is necessary to put a multi-purpose fighter aircraft into operational use as soon as possible. The level of national security will rise to a never-before-reached level. Not only is the largest investment in the Armed Forces since independence, but also the largest investment in ensuring lasting peace.