( 1996. )
The situation of the Croatian Airforce
After solving organising problems an intensive pilot training started. Pilots have trainig flights every weekday and so they fly approximately 150-160 hours a year which is twice more than the flying hours in the other East European countries. Most of the equipment is modern west-made equipment. Such as pressurised G-suits and Gent helmets. Some of their helicopters are equipped with GPS and FMS systems, as well.
Currently operating types
Croatia started to purchase 1 squadron Su-25 attack aircrafts which could have a critical influence for their fight against the Serbs. The aircrafts were produced in Georgia, Tbilisi ( former Soviet Union ). The aircrafts eventually not arrived to Croatia because of the revolution in Georgia and they are even now stored packed in chests since then in Georgia.
The units of the Croatian Airforce
This airbase is one of the more important airbases in Croatia. Beside the airforce it is used by UN forces and commercial aircrafts , as well. This is the home base of 1 of the total 5 squads of MiG-21 interceptors. Also this is the home base of the transport squadron operating An-2 aircrafts which had already proved its flexibility in the earlier fights against the serbs.
Two squads of the total 5 MiG-21 squads are based here. Two aircrafts ( such as in Pleso and Split ) are always in readiness armed with R-60 ( AA-8 Aphid ) infrared heatseeker air to air missiles.
One of the 5 MiG-21 squads is based here with 3 aircrafts which have the same air defence role as the MiGs in Pleso and Pula.
The base which is situated to SW from Zagreb is the home base of the transport helicopter squadron. Some of the helicopters are equipped with moder GPS and FMS navugation systems.
Some light propeller driven aircrafts and naval helicopters operate here. This base is planned to be the home base of the future special air rescue squadron.
Although this base is close to the Serbs this is a training base for the airforce academy. Some light propeller driven aircrafts operate here.
Training in the Croatian Airforce started in 1992 so none of the new pilots served in the Yugoslavian Airforce. Pilots are trained and instructed in the Zemunik Airbase which is close to Zadar near the seashore. There are some difficulties to get the new pilots ready for the combat planes because there is no available basic jet trainer. Trainig of helicopter pilots is suspende due to the lack of the required trainig chopper.
Croatia is planning to set up 2 combat regiments equipped with modern multirole aircrafts and to set up a transport aircraft regiment. The favourite choice is the american F-16 off course but it is under embargo. The MiG-29 is also a possibile choice if there is no other possibility.
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