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Croatia ends indecision over multirole fighter programme

28th May 2021 - 14:29 GMT | by Alexander Mladenov, Krassimir Grozev in Sofia

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Croatia is ordering Dassault Rafale multirole fighters. (Photo: Dassault)

After years of waiting and one failed attempt, Croatia at last commits to buying replacements for its MiG-21 fleet.

The Croatian government confirmed on 28 May a deal with France to buy 12 second-hand Dassault Rafale multirole fighters as replacements for ageing Croatian Air Force MiG-21s.

Following a meeting of the Croatian government, Prime Minister Andrej Plenković announced that his country has chosen to buy ten single-seat and a pair of two-seat Rafales. The decision is based on a complex score from evaluating the received offers, taking financial, technical and geostrategic factors into account.

‘By procuring fighter jets, Croatia is gaining a powerful strategic deterrent for the next 30 to 40 years, which significantly strengthens its international position …

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