Zvonko Zubak Offering Croatia 12 Fighter Jets for 79.5 Million Dollars

Lauren Simmonds

If all is accepted and goes to plan, the very first aircraft would arrive in Croatia this year, and the training of five pilots, engineers and technicians is also thrown in with the very reasonable price tag.

As Poslovni Dnevnik writes on the 23rd of June, 2019, ”I’m ready to help Croatia with my experience and offer the quick, cost-effective and realistic procurement of combat aircraft, Mirage 2000, in excellent condition at a total cost of 75.9 million US dollars for twelve aircraft,” said Zvonko Zubak for Večernji list.

The offer sounds sensational given the fact that Croatia has been struggling quite embarrassingly with the procurement of fighter jets for years now, and considering the fact that MORH failed to obtain the much talked about Israeli F-16s at a price of 500 million dollars due to the opposition of the United States. Now, the Croatian Government is trying to reorganise such a procurement and initiate direct negotiations with the United States and the Swedish SAAB on the procurement of aircraft such as the F-16 or the JAS-39 Gripen.

Zubak’s offer comes entirely out of the blue. It’s such a shock that if such an offer were to come from someone else, it would be somewhat difficult to take seriously or even begin to believe, but when a name like Zubak is involved, the facts are clear, and that is that he has already proved himself multiple times over as a highly respected international arms dealer.

Zubak sent his initial offer back at the beginning of this month to four addresses – That of Prime Minister Andrej Plenković, President Kolinda Grabar-Kitarović, Defense Minister Damir Krstičević and OSRH’s General Mirko Šundov.

In his extremely generous and surprising offer, Zubak offers Croatia concrete assistance in purchasing the 12 Mirage C aircraft from the state of Brazil. The aircraft, are completely NATO compatible, were originally manufactured back in 1984 with a residual resource of 150 to 200 of a total of 6,000 flight hours, according to a report from Večernji list.

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