'Croatia wants to return four faulty MiG-21 interceptor aircrafts to Ukraine and asks the Ukrainian Defense Ministry to change them with four working aircrafts with the guarantee from Ukraine', the message said.
The issue is about 131, 132, 134 and 135 aircrafts that were purchased by Croatia from Ukraine within the capital repair and purchase of the operational squadrons and the Air Forces of Croatia found them faulty and disabled for use in three and half years. It is the final confirmation of the largest military case in the history of Croatia on the purchase of the military weaponry opened in Jutarnji list and written by it during a few years.
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.
As it was reported the Croatian military police began the large-scale investigation of the purchase and repair of MiG-21 interceptor aircrafts in Ukraine. According to the Croatian authorities, Croatia concluded the agreement for the purchase of five aircrafts and repair of another seven with the Ukrainian enterprise 'Ukrspezexport' in the sum of more than 17 million euros in summer 2013. However, the purchased vehicles were five years older than it was pointed in the documents and the repair works were held not properly.