The F-16 – The World’s Most Successful Combat-Proven Multirole Aircraft

A Model of Fourth generation F-16

The U.S. Embassy in Zagreb supports Croatia’s efforts to upgrade and advance its defense capabilities by acquiring new fighter aircraft. With more than 400,000 sorties and 19 million flight hours, the F-16 continues to serve as the backbone of NATO and allied coalition defense missions. It’s the world’s most successful, combat-proven multi-role fighter – building advanced interoperable capabilities within air forces and enhancing partnerships with allies.


The F-16 continues to remain the best value among fourth generation jets for its affordable lifecycle costs. In fact, it’s low operating costs are typically less than that of other fourth generation platforms. New F-16s for Croatia would include advanced capabilities such as the APG-83 AESA Radar, an advanced cockpit with new safety features, exceptional weapons system, conformal fuel tanks, an improved performance engine, and an industry-leading extended structural service life of 12,000 hours. New F-16s would also include the proven, life-saving Automatic Ground Collision Avoidance System to ensure Croatian Air Force pilots come home safe.

The U.S. Government and U.S. aerospace industry remain ready to further partner with the Croatian Government as Croatia seeks to procure new fighter jets. Croatia is a steadfast defense partner and reliable NATO ally of the United States working to advance peace and stability both globally and in Southeastern Europe. The United States values its robust military-to-military relationship with Croatia, and the U.S. Government continues to provide military assistance to Croatia in the form of training, equipment, equipment loans, and special education at top U.S. military schools.  These programs bolster U.S.-Croatian security collaboration, regional partnership, and mutual trust.

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The F-16 is the world’s most successful, combat-proven multirole fighter. Approximately 3,000 operational F-16s are in service today in 25 countries. So far the F-16 Fighting Falcon has clocked 19,000 000 flight hours, with 4,588 aircraft delivered all over the World. The platform was modernized resulting in 139 different versions (Countries / Blocks / Models)


Croatia has received nearly $700 million from the United States in support of Croatia’s military modernization efforts through the U.S. Government’s Foreign Military Finance and Building Partnership Capacity programs.  This funding facilitated the procurement of a range of high-end equipment including Blackhawk and Kiowa helicopters, Mine Resistant Ambush Protected Vehicles, water purification systems, night vision devices, and communications technology.

Since 1995, the U.S. Department of State has provided $12.5 million to Croatia through the International Military Education and Training program enabling more than 670 civilian and military professionals to travel to the United States for military education experiences.  The U.S. Department of Defense has provided over $8 million to Croatia for 520 officers and non-commissioned officers to attend various schools and exercises in the United States and throughout Europe.  In the past 24 years, Croatia and the Minnesota National Guard have worked closely together through the State Partnership Program to enhance U.S.-Croatian bilateral military engagement.  Since 2008 the partnership with Minnesota has resulted in over 120 military exchanges conducted in both Croatia and Minnesota, contributing to $15 million in military engagement activities.

F-16s from Aviano Airbase participating at the Rudolf Peresin Airshow

The U.S. Government has additionally provided $17.5 million in humanitarian assistance through the U.S. European Command-funded projects, which are designed to help strengthen U.S.-Croatian cooperation by assisting Croatian communities across the country in fields ranging from medical services to school construction.


The U.S. Embassy in Zagreb and U.S. firm, Lockheed Martin, hosted an F-16 simulator for use by Croatian officials, subject matter specialists and citizens from September 29 until October 1 at the University of Zagreb’s Faculty of Mechanical Engineering and Naval Architecture. Lockheed Martin representatives discussed F-16 aircraft features and partnership opportunities with the Croatian defense industry.


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Press Specialist, Anja Picelj-Kosak