ZAGREB, June 28 – The Croatian Council for Defence reaffirmed the need to preserve the capability for airspace protection with its own multi-purpose combat aircraft, the President’s Office said in a statement on Friday evening following two and a half hours of talks at government headquarters.
The Council discussed the process of purchasing multi-purpose combat aircraft for the Croatian Armed Forces. It proposed that the government set up an interdepartmental commission to implement all activities relating to the procurement of multi-purpose combat aircraft, the statement said.
Speaking to reporters before the Council meeting, Defence Minister Damir Krsticevic said that they would discuss how to go about restarting the process of purchasing fighter jets for the Croatian Air Force.
The media have speculated that Krsticevic will give the green light to solicit bids from the United States and Sweden. Meanwhile, an offer has emerged from arms dealer Zvonko Zubak, who reportedly offered to sell 12 used Mirage 2000 aircraft for $79.5 million.
Krsticevic declined to comment on these speculative reports.