Dassault Aviation Rafale enters service in the Croatian Air Force

Following the acquisition of 12 Dassault Aviation Rafale from the French Air and Space Force in November 2021, the first six Rafale of the Croatian Air Force – Hrvatsko ratno zrakoplovstvo i protuzračna obrana (HRZ i PZO) – operated by its pilots trained in France, arrived today at the 91 operational base, near Zagreb.

They were welcomed by the President of the Republic of Croatia Zoran Milanović, the Prime Minister Andrej Plenković and the Minister of Defense Ivan Anušić, during a ceremony.

The mastery with which the Croatian Air Force carried out this first ferry testifies to the excellence of its pilots and personnel, and brilliantly illustrates the quality of Croatia’s cooperation with France. Dassault Aviation is fully committed to completing the full integration and logistic support of the Rafale into the Croatian Air Force, which will contribute to ensuring Croatia’s sovereignty and enable it to successfully carry out its operational missions within NATO.

Éric Trappier, Chairman and CEO of Dassault Aviation

Coming from the Dassault Aviation site in Mérignac, these six Rafale will join the 191 Squadron of the Croatian Air Force. The next Rafale will arrive from the end of 2024, to form a complete squadron by mid-2025.

Source: Dassault Aviation news release

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