Croatian Air Force News and Discussion


Thread for anything related to Croatian Air Force.

Yester-yesterday news: Croatian air force took delivery of the first Rafale:

To sum it up: Croatia had been using ancient MiG-21s for ages now. Croatia had been seeking to replace MiG-21s since 2017 at least (and talking about it since 2010), as several had been lost to engine failure as a consequence of age and wear and tear (some of the aircraft had fought in the Homeland War!). In fact, six MiG-21s had been lost by 2022. MiG-21s were not supposed to remain in active service beyond 2018, yet Croatian finances and politics being what they are, they are still flying in 2023.

Candidates for replacement had been F-16C, F-16I, MiG-29, Eurofighter Typhoon and Dassault Rafale. After a lot of going back-and-forth (and, one assumes, a lot of bribes under the table), final choice fell on Dassault Rafale.