On Tuesday evening, March 27, at the meeting of the national Council of defence of Croatia was officially announced that the European country will become Israel squadron of F-16 «Barak».
Croatian media called the amount of the transaction: 420 million euros. According to the contract, for this price, the Croats will receive 12 used but upgraded F-16 with weapons, and two simulator. In addition, Israel takes over the training of pilots and aircraft.
Croatian air force will receive the F-16A and F-16B, upgraded with unique avionics systems ACE (Avionics Capabilities Enhancement), developed by «Israeli aircraft industry» in 2001.
The sale agreement was reached in January 2018, during the meeting, the Prime Minister of Israel Benjamin Netanyahu and the head of the government of Croatia Andrei Plenkovich at the world economic forum in Davos.
According to the agreement, the first Israeli F-16 will be delivered to Croatia in the summer of 2020. It is assumed that the operation of these aircraft, the Croatian air force will continue for another 30 years.
«Served» in IDF F-16 aircraft will replace the obsolete Soviet MiG-21. Such a deal became possible and profitable for Israel in connection with the adoption of the Israeli air force aircraft of the fifth generation F-35.
The Croatian authorities declared competition on replacement of military aircraft in 2017. Israel in 2015 offered the Croats to purchase the retiring F-16. The main competitors of the Israelites was considered the Swedes: Saab offered Croatia the Gripen fighter JAS-39, but this was more than twice as expensive (about 900 million euros), the same aircraft would be delivered without armaments and state guarantees. In addition, the competition was attended by Greece and the United States.
In addition to Croatia, the interest in the transaction for the purchase of second-hand Israeli F-16 were expressed by Colombia.
Israeli media reported earlier that, along with the aircraft of Croatia can be delivered and the party was developed by Israeli weapons, including missiles «air-air» Python 5.
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