After the American veto on the resale of used Israeli F16s to Croatia, Zagreb began a vast consultation to try to replace the 12 Mig21s still in service in its air forces. Several avenues were mentioned, in particular the possibility for France to sell used Rafale planes. Given the effective budgetary capacities of this country bordering the Adriatic Sea with 4 million inhabitants, and whose GDP has barely reached $60 billion, the majority of approaches have been based on second-hand devices.
The Swedish manufacturer Saab seems determined to highlight the particularly low costs of its single-engine JAS 39 Gripen by offering, in this competition, not second-hand aircraft, but new aircraft, according to information published by the Defenseworld.net site . . Indeed, representatives of the Swedish Defense Material Administration (FMV) submitted, on September 9, an offer to the Croatian authorities relating to 12 JAS 39 Gripen C/D, as well as a strategic agreement to support the country in the implementation work of his fleet. Saab will be able to draw on the experience acquired in the Czech Republic and Hungary, both employing a limited fleet of 14 aircraft, to highlight its specific capabilities in this area.
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