Croatia set to restart fighter jets purchase: report

Source: Xinhua| 2019-09-25 21:35:36|Editor: Shi Yinglun
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ZAGREB, Sept. 25 (Xinhua) -- At least seven countries have shown interest in offering fighter jets to Croatia, daily newspaper Jutarnji list reported on Wednesday.

Israel, Italy, France, Sweden, the Unites States, Norway, and Denmark have informed the Croatian government that they are ready to offer their bids for new and used fighter jets.

Croatia, a NATO member, is determined to procure fighter jets after the latest deal with Israel failed in January.

In March 2018, Croatia reached the 3.1 billion kuna (about 477 million U.S. dollars) deal with Israel to purchase 12 upgraded used F-16 Barak jets. However, the government dropped the agreement after Israel failed to get approval from Washington.

It was reported in December 2018 that Washington had insisted that Israel should uninstall all the upgrades added by Israeli Air Force on the jets before selling them to a third country.

In the next 30 days, Croatia is expected to send requests for offers to the interested countries who would have six months to send a bid.

Robert Kopal, an advisor to Croatia's Prime Minister, recently told media here that the goal is to sign a new contract to buy 12 jets by the end of 2020.