Croatia Wants to Buy French Air Defence Missile System

Croatia Wants to Buy French Air Defence Missile System
Croatia Wants to Buy French Air Defence Missile System

Croatia is engaged in talks with France on purchasing a short-range air defence missile system as part of its national defence strategy, Croatian Defence Minister Mario Banozic said on Oct. 13. Banozic noted that Croatia negotiated with France on a short-range air defence system, without specifying its type.


“After the drone crashed in Zagreb in March this year, we identified air defence as a priority. First of all, short-range systems, and in bilateral conversations with France, we have provided material resources at the rate of one battery, and our goal is to provide five batteries in a short period of time," the minister said. He also added that the acquisition of medium and long-range air defence systems is also on the next agenda.
Croatia Wants to Buy French Air Defence Missile System

With regard to negotiations for an air defence system that has not yet been mentioned, it is suspected that Thales ' Crotale missile may be a relevant option. The system is capable of shooting down low-flying missiles as well as manned and unmanned aircraft, with a range of up to 15 km.
In addition to air defence missiles, in November 2021, Zagreb signed an agreement with France to supply 12 Rafale fighter jets worth nearly $1 billion.