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Croatia Buys Two Black Hawks and Continues Pursuing Purchase of Fighter Jets

Jordan Quinn

Posted on October 31, 2019 15:46

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Recently, the US State Department approved the sale to Croatia of two US Black Hawk helicopters, along with spare parts, and some other military equipment, totaling $115 million dollars. In addition, Croatia refuses to back down from its quest to find modern fighter jets for its military.

Over a year ago, I began reporting about the Croatian government’s upgrading of its military air-power. And, even though things didn’t pan out on the deal between Croatia and Israel for the purchasing of F16s, things are looking better than ever for Croatia regarding the special forces Black Hawk helicopters about which they’ve been negotiating with the United States.

Black Hawk Helicopter

 

The sale of two Black Hawk helicopters and other various military equipment, with a total value of approximately $115 million dollars, has recently been approved and reported to Congress by the US State Department.

The Croatian Ministry of Defense was surely thrilled to hear the decision, after discussing such matters with the US State Department for months upon months. The decision is a critical step, and a necessary one, to make the transaction legal and possible between the two countries.

The rest of the details concerning the sale of the two special forces choppers will be further discussed and agreed upon by the Croatian Ministry of Defence and the US’s Pentagon.

I think it’s safe to say that the US is fully behind Croatia’s attempts to significantly beef-up it’s military air-power, at the very least (if not one of the main drivers behind it). That said, last year, the US granted Croatia $53 million in military aid. The focus of the assistance was intended to help Croatia develop it’s helicopter capabilities.

In the meantime, Croatia continues to upgrade the equipment of its armed forces, including purchasing even more helicopters and heavy equipment and looking for jets.

Yes, I said it. Croatia is apparently still looking for jets.

Despite things going south with Israel concerning the largest military purchase Croatia had ever planned (at the time), not all hope is lost regarding Croatia’s determination to get its hands on some serious air-power.

JAS-39 Gripen

 

Earlier this year, the Croatian Government began negotiations with Sweden over the purchase of another type of aircraft, the JAS-39 Gripen. These talks with the Swedes happened very quickly once General MirkovŠundov and Robert Hranj returned from the US with no offers having been made on the potential purchase of US-made F16s.

What will Croatia’s military air prowess be in the near future? For now, no one can say. That said, it’s more than obvious that Croatia isn’t going to stop searching for some serious (modern) fighter jets until they get some. Further, with the special forces training that’s recently taken place in Croatia with British special forces, and the deal for the US Black Hawks being approved, it’s clear that Croatia’s military is evolving to a whole new level.

What do you think about Croatia acquiring helicopters for special forces and seeking fighter jets for its military? Let me know in the comments section!

Jordan Quinn

Posted on October 31, 2019 15:46

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