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UPDATE 1-Croatia has shown interest in F-35 jets -Lockheed exec

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Mike Stone
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(Adds comment from Embassy of the Republic of Croatia inWashington)

By Mike Stone

WASHINGTON, Feb 19 (Reuters) - Lockheed Martin co,the United States' largest weapons maker, has fielded interestfrom Croatia regarding the purchase of stealthy F-35 jets, aLockheed executive said on Friday.

Greg Ulmer, the executive vice president of Lockheed'sAeronautics unit, told reporters, "they've shown interest" inbuying the jets, which are a big part of Lockheed's revenue.

A representative from the Embassy of the Republic of Croatiain Washington said "we are evaluating an offer of the new U.S.F-16 Block 70/72 aircraft, together with some other responses toour tender for a multi-role fighter aircraft, new or used," butdid not address the F-35.

Croatia is evaluating U.S., French and Swedish offers forfighter jets as it looks to modernize its air force, which nowflies Russian-made MiG-21 jets dating from its past within theformer Yugoslavia.

Croatia wanted to buy 12 used F-16 fighter jets from Israel,but it fell through after Israel said https://www.reuters.com/article/us-croatia-israel-military/israel-says-u-s-blocks-its-sale-of-fighter-jets-to-croatia-idUSKCN1P42MNin 2019 it could not get approval from the United States forthe sale.

Other international customers for the fifth-generation F-35include Canada, Finland, and Switzerland, which are runningcompetitions for a future jet purchase. Additional customerprospects for Lockheed's F-35 include Greece, Spain, EasternEuropean and Middle Eastern countries, Ulmer said in a mediaconference call.

Lockheed has also seen international interest for as many as300 of its fourth-generation F-16 fighter jets on top of thecurrent production backlog of 128 jets, Ulmer said.(Reporting by Mike Stone in Washington, D.C.; Editing by DanGrebler and David Gregorio)