According to 'Ukrspezexport', the Ukrainian side did not get any official claims or reclamations from Croatia toward the supplied aircrafts. Moreover, the Croatian Defense Ministry invited 'Ukrspezexport' to participate in the tender for the capital repair of 10 helicopters MI-171SH. The company provided all needed documents in time and the representatives of the Croatian Defense Ministry checked the technical capabilities of the Ukrainian enterprises.
'Nevertheless, the contract was concluded with 'Helicopters of Russia', despite the presence of the Ukrainian enterprises of greater experience in the repair of the aeronautical equipment of such type and the EU sanctions against Russia' the company reported.
'Ukrspezexport' also claimed that they appealed to the Defense Ministry of Croatia many times with the offer to hold a bilateral meeting and discuss the possible problems within the contract. Unfortunately, the offer was ignored.
'Ukrspezexport' called the information about the demand of Croatia to change faulty MiG-21 improper and thinks that it was put about by the Russian competition. This information was actively spread in the Russian mass media after the publishing in the Croatian edition.
It is reported that the Croatian Defense Ministry sent the proper note to Ukraine last week. Zagreb demanded from Ukraine to provide new aircrafts instead of the improperly repaired in 2014. The agreement on the repair of the aircrafts and purchase of the second-hand vehicles meant that they will work another ten years until 2023. However, the Air Forces of Croatia found them disabled for the flights: the oil flew from them, the fuel tanks leaked and the internal navigation system came out of action. One of the last flights could end with the death of the crew.