Croatia’s authorities would purchase French Mistral air defence system for 72 million euros ($75.84 million) as a part of the NATO member’s efforts to modernise its air pressure. The choice follows the acquisition final 12 months of 12 French Dassault Rafale fighter jets in a deal price 999 million euros, to exchange Croatia’s squadron of Russian-made MiG-21 jets that dates from the interval of the previous Yugoslavia, just a few of that are nonetheless operational. With the acquisition of latest gear, Croatia’s defence price range will exceed 2% of GDP for the primary time and Croatia has taken first place amongst 30 NATO international locations in allocating for gear and modernisation.

MBDA Mistral MANPAD man-portable air-defense techniques

In March of this 12 months, a Tupolev Tu-141 Strizh Soviet reconnaissance drone crashed within the capital metropolis of Zagreb after coming into Croatian air house. Earlier than it crashed, it had flown over Romania and Hungary. There have been no casualties. The drone was carrying an aerial bomb, however luckily didn’t trigger any hurt to residents. This incident highlighted the necessity for Croatia to enhance its air protection capabilities, significantly within the face of potential threats from neighboring international locations. Norway despatched 100 Mistral techniques to Ukraine[16] in the course of the 2022 Russian invasion of Ukraine.


MBDA Mistral SIMBAD lightweight twin launcher
MBDA Mistral SIMBAD naval light-weight twin launcher

Mistral (Missile Transportable Anti-aérien Léger, Transportable light-weight anti-air missile) is a French infrared homing quick vary air protection system manufactured by MBDA France (previously by Matra Defence after which Matra BAe Dynamics). Based mostly on the French SATCP (Sol-Air à Très Courte Portée), the transportable missile later to turn into the Mistral started growth in 1974. It was initially deployed in 1988 for the primary model (S1), 1997 for the second model (M2), and 2019 for the third model (M3). The Mistral entered manufacturing in 1989 and is now deployed in varied types by 37 armed forces of 25 international locations.

Mistral missile on ATLAS Air Defence Turret
MBDA Mistral ATLAS floor light-weight twin launcher

Mistral is a short-range air defence (SHORAD) missile system that can be utilized from autos, floor ships, and helicopters, in addition to in a conveyable configuration. When used within the MANPADS position the “Mistral” missile is transported in a transport and launch container (MPC) along with “buddy or foe” interrogator, energy supply and tripod with its sighting units. They’re then to be operated by a pair of crew as commander and the shooter. There are additionally launch models that enable the missile to be fired from armoured autos, ships or helicopters. To defeat flares ejected from the rear of a focused plane, proportional navigation utilizing a gyro as a reference.