Israel to announce withdrawal from F-16 procurement deal



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Dolazak borbenih zrakoplova F16 Barak izraelske vojske u 91. zrakoplovnu bazu Hrvatskog ratnog zrakoplovstva na Plesu.
Na fotografiji: ministar obrane RH Damir Krsticevic u zrakoplovu F16 Barak.
Foto: Boris Kovacev / CROPIX
Boris Kovacev / CROPIX

Croatian Defence Minister Damir Krsticevic

Israel will not be able to complete the F16 deal which was signed with Croatia last March, following Washington's restrictions on the sale deal, Yent, the online edition of Israel's Yedioth Ahronoth daily, said on Sunday.

Israel's Defence Ministry Director-General Udi Adam is scheduled to visit Croatia on Wednesday and inform the Croatian Defence Ministry that the deal is cancelled, Ynet said.

Adam plans to apologise to Croatian authorities because Israel cannot complete the deal.

Israel and Croatia signed the US$ 500 million deal for 12 F-16 Barak aircraft, modified Israeli versions of US-made fighter jets. The US, however, approves the transfer to a third party only of aircraft without the Israeli upgrades. Croatia would not agree to that and gave Israel until January 11 to say if it can honour the deal as it was signed.

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