Croatia will purchase upgraded Israeli F-16 fighter aircraft, AP reported. Once formally approved by the government, it will be Croatia’s largest single military deal since it split from Serb-led Yugoslavia in the 1991-95 war. Croatia’s Defense Council accepted an Israeli offer that will replace the country’s aging MiG-21 fighters, of which only six are believed to be operational. Reports have said the deal involves 12 used F-16 aircraft worth some $500 million that have been heavily modified with Israeli-made avionics. NATO member Croatia faces “an arms race” with Serbia, which recently received six used Russian MiG-29 fighter jets and will be reportedly armed with dozens of tanks, armored vehicles, helicopters and transport planes.
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