Croatia cancels Israeli F-16s
- January 11, 2019
The Croatian government has canceled the decision to purchase 12 used F-16 fighter jets from Israel.
The planes have been upgraded with Israeli technology. Washington reportedly insisted that they be returned to the form in which they were sold to Israel without the advanced electronic systems before being sold to Croatia.
“Israel has officially informed us that it cannot get an approval from the United States for delivery of the planes to Croatia,” Croatian Defense Minister Damir Krsticevic told reporters.
He added that the agreement between Israel and Croatia is not signed and Zagreb will suffer no financial damages.
Israel made a tentative deal to sell the upgraded F-16 Barak fighters to Croatia last March, pending US approval for allowing the jets to go to a third party.
The deal was to be Croatia’s biggest arms purchase since it became independent from Yugoslavia in 1991.