The Ministry of Defence of the Republic of Croatia is planning to float a request for proposal (RFP) for purchasing fighter aircraft.
Croatia wishes to obtain the fighter aircraft from five countries, including Sweden, the US, South Korea, Israel, and Greece.
The RFP involves the Swedish Gripen JAS-39, the US F-16, South Korean FA-50, Israeli F-16, and Greece F-16 fighter jets.
During an official visit to the US, Croatian Deputy Prime Minister and Defence Minister Damir Krsticevic said: “I informed Secretary Mattis on our prospective decision to procure new fighter aircraft. It is my duty as Defence Minister to restore the capability of fighter aircraft.
“Our talks with the US Secretary convinced us we have his understanding and support.”
The proposals will be scrutinised based on the aircraft characteristics and capabilities as well as on three key parameters that include bilateral agreement, price, and business and economy cooperation deal, the ministry stated.
The criteria will be the overall price of the package and the payment modalities, according to the statement.
Considering the complexity and demanding nature of the project, the Ministry of Defence staff analysed the experiences of other Nato nations faced with the need of replacement or modernisation of the combat component, namely Bulgaria, the Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland, Romania, and Slovakia.
Croatia expects to take delivery of the first aircraft by the end of 2020.
Image: The Ministry of Defence of the Republic of Croatia discusses procurement of fighter aircraft. Photo: courtesy of the Department of Defence.