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Croatia Accepts First Pre-Owned Rafale Fight Jet From France

The Croatian Ministry of Protection has acquired the primary Rafale multirole fight jet from the French authorities as a part of a overseas navy sale signed in 2021.

The plane was turned over on the Mont-de-Marsan Air Base and acquired by Croatian Armed Forces Chief of Basic Workers, Admiral Robert Hranj, Croatian Protection Minister Mario Banožić, and different authorities officers.

Croatia’s Rafale Fleet

The contract for the Rafale plane ordered 12 pre-owned plane from the French Air Drive stock.

The settlement covers the supply of kit, coaching, and extra spare elements over three years.

In Might 2021, Croatia introduced the number of the French Rafale over used F-16 Combating Falcons from the US and Israel, in addition to JAS 39 Gripens from Sweden.

The acquisition helps a modernization program to switch the Croatian Air Drive’s Soviet-built MiG-21, scheduled to retire subsequent 12 months.

Extra Plane to Comply with

After supply, Croatian aircrews will bear flight and technical operations for the plane at an in-country coaching middle.

5 extra Rafales will probably be shipped to Croatia within the second quarter of 2024.

“These are 4.5+ technology Rafales that put us as a trusted NATO companion and an EU member able that now we have had up to now in different companies,” Banožić acknowledged a day earlier than the handover.

“This new place will deliver us new duties, but additionally sure new values which we’ll additional try to develop with our allies and companions by means of donations and the continued modernization and equipping of all three companies.”

Croatian Air Drive Commander Brig. Gen. Michael Križanec added that capabilities supporting the arrival of future Rafales subsequent 12 months, together with amenities and pilot simulators, are already organized.

“Every little thing will probably be prepared as the event of the whole package deal of capabilities goes as deliberate. There aren’t any delays and we haven’t exceeded the price range,” he mentioned.