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Thu Jan 10, 2019, 02:25 AM

State Department Blocks Israeli Sale of F-16s To Croatia: Deal All But Dead

WASHINGTON: A major arms sale between two close American allies is probably dead after the State Department objected to the transfer of sensitive technologies from Israel to Croatia, US and European officials tell Breaking Defense.

Croatia, a NATO member, was preparing to buy 12 used F-16 Barak fighters from Israel for $500 million. The Israelis want to offload the F-16s to make room for the new F-35 Joint Strike Fighter, which will carry most of its combat load in the years to come. For Croatia, the deal would give it a modern warplane to replace its aging fleet of MiG-21s, a Soviet design that originally entered service in 1959.

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Talks began between the two countries last year, and were joined by the US in June, as Washington must agree to any third-party sales of US-made equipment. Negotiations proceeded until December, when the State Department stepped in to block the sale over concerns that Israel was planning to hand over technologies it wasn’t authorized to transfer. The US has said Israel must strip the jets of the upgrades it has made over the years before transferring the aircraft.

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While Israel is trying to sell off many of its legacy fighters to make way for the new F-35s coming their way, the US has argued that by transferring the planes with the upgrades intact, Israel would profit from a program that was part of a US military aid package. The deal would have also likely meant some work for F-16 maker Lockheed Martin, who would have provided parts and services.

Such transfer packages are not uncommon between US allies, but the State Department and Pentagon keep a close watch on the specific technologies changing hands, and any potential loss of intellectual property for US defense firms, which was a major concern in this case. In the past, the US has forced Israel to scrap high-tech arms sales to China — notably upgrades to the Phalcon radar plane and the Harpy drone — but blocking a sale to a NATO ally is a very different matter.

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https://inhomelandsecurity.com/f16-israel-croatia/

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Response to RCW2014 (Original post)

Thu Jan 10, 2019, 03:03 AM

1. hmmmm... not sure if I like this.

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Response to PrescientWon. (Reply #1)

Thu Jan 10, 2019, 07:23 AM

4. Well, if nothing else, it proves the lie of his usual "Jews control the government!" canard.

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Thu Jan 10, 2019, 03:19 AM

2. More fake news from the russian trolling bot (nt)

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Thu Jan 10, 2019, 06:23 AM

3. Alerted, no hide. some Lefty snowflake took offense to the truth.

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