Croatia acquires 12 Dassault fighters from French Air Force

Croatia has signed two contracts for 12 Rafale fighters and associated logistics support ©Dassault Aviation

In a ceremony in Zagreb, Croatia, attended by French President Emmanuel Macron and Croatia’s Prime Minister, Andrej Plenković, the Chairman and CEO of Dassault Aviation, Eric Trappier, together with French Minister of the Armed Forces Florence Parly and the Croatian Minister of Defense Mario Banozic, have signed two contracts for the acquisition of 12 Rafale fighters and associated logistics support.

The principal contract covers the transfer of the 12 Rafale fighters from the French Air Force, including their equipment, together with training services to the Croatian Air Force. The second contract was for the provision of three years of logistics support covering all support resources, including additional spare parts for the 12 aircraft. The decision to choose the Rafale jets, announced on May 28, after an international tender involving European and American aircraft, reflects its technological and operational superiority, as well as the excellent work done by the team “France” to consolidate its position in European air forces.

“I am delighted, on behalf of Dassault Aviation and its partners, to be entering into a relationship of trust with Croatia, a European country, and to be writing a new page for the Rafale, which I am certain will give the Croatian Air Force complete satisfaction, while actively contributing to the exercise of Croatia’s national sovereignty,” said Trappier.

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