Strategic Armament of Croatia – The ‘Mini- Cold War’ in the Balkans

Recently, the Croatian military decided to choose the French Dassault Rafale for its multi-role fighter jet. The twelve Rafale planes will replace Croatia’s Russian-made MiGs in the country’s biggest arms purchase since its 1990s war of independence from Yugoslavia. The EU member chose France’s package over bids from Israel, Sweden and the United States, and expects to get the first six planes by 2024. For years, too little money has been invested in the Croatian army, and the air force has been almost shut down. Croatia spends slightly less than $1 billion each year on defence, according to NATO figures, falling just short of the alliance’s recommendation that members spend two percent of GDP.

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