OTKRIVAMO closely guarded DECISION MOD these COMMISSION NOTICE new aircraft Otpao American F-16, Gripen buy or FA-50
AUTHOR: Kresimir Frog POSTED: 12/28/2016. at 20:24
Swedish Gripen JAS 39 C / D version and the South Korean FA-50 are the best options for equipping the Air Force with aircraft, conclusion and recommendations of the expert advisory team defense minister for aviation consisting of retired generals Joseph Čuletić , Josip Stimac and Vlado Bagaric , Jutarnji list .
– Our conclusion is that Croatia needs to maintain combat aircraft and recommended that the decision to retain adopted early next year, and that a decision on the selection of airplanes pass by the end of 2017 – said Josip Stimac. He declined to elaborate on the conclusions of the advisory team unless we confirmed that concluded “that the planes affordable and sustainable Republic of Croatia”. These conclusions were transferred to the Minister of Defence and the President of the Republic.
Advisory team for Aviation was founded by former Secretary of Defense Joseph Buljević and his task was to analyze the four non-binding information (Request for Information – RFI) about the possibility of equipping the Air Force’s new or second-hand aircraft. Offers are given a Swedish SAAB JAS 39 for version C / D, Israel used for the F-16, South Korea for the FA-50 and France for Rafale. This is an informational offering that the Ministry of Defence gives some guidance in making future decisions. The second document is the “study skills development protection of Croatian air space multi-purpose combat aircraft”, made last year, which is the basis for a decision about the fate of combat aircraft.
“As we found out, it was concluded that the introduction of these two aircraft require the lowest operating costs of use, minimal investment in infrastructure and the best economic benefits. According to available information, the Swedish state Croatia offers a squadron of new aircraft JAS 39 versions of the C / D with a line of credit for 15 years with three years grace period. In addition, if Croatia decides on this plane, Swedes Air Force offered four aircraft free to use with the payment of operating costs to the introduction of the ordered aircraft in operational use.”
Must admit very attractive offer from Gripen
“However, according to unofficial information, SAAB is ready to make an offer that year the Croatian budget burdened with about 400 million, depending on what weapons to Croatia chosen. On the other hand, is estimated to squadron of FA-50 could cost about $ 400 million.”
But sure the FA-50 is much cheaper but in terms of fighter capability is no match for the Gripen