Reuters news agency reports that next week Croatia will ask five countries to bid for contracts to supply fighter jets to modernize its military. In a statement the defense ministry said, “Next week we will send requests for proposal for buying fighter jets to five countries: Sweden, the United States, South Korea, Greece and Israel.” The former Yugoslav republic, has been a member of NATO since 2009 and of the European Union since 2013. Its air force currently operates a squadron of outdated MIG-21 fighter jets.
The ministry hopes the first new jets could become part of the Croatian air force by the end of 2020 if a decision on the acquisition is taken this year.
Reuters report found here.