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Croatia issues second RFP for fighter jet procurement

Illustration; Croatian Air Force photo of a MIG-21 aircraft

Croatia has issued a renewed request for proposals for the procurement of new fighter aircraft after its plan to buy used Israeli F-16 Barak failed to materialize.

The second RFP, issued by the government on January 15, includes new F-16 fighters from the US and Gripen aircraft from Sweden’s Saab. Also requested are used F-16 aircraft from Greece, Israel, and Norway, the Eurofighter from Italy, and Rafale from France.

Responses are due May 7, while a decision on the choice of the best offer is expected to be suggested to the government by August 2020.

The renewed RFP was issued after Croatia’s acquisition of Israel’s Barak F-16s failed after the United States refused to give its green light for the transaction.

Croatia is looking to purchase up to 12 aircraft to replace its outdated MiG-21s. The government did not provide information on the budget allocated for the purchase.