18:46 / 26.01.2022.

Author: Nikola Badovinac

Croatia reaches deal for Bradley fighting vehicles

Bradley fighting vehicle

Bradley fighting vehicle

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Croatia agreed with the USA on the procurement of 89 Bradley fighting vehicles at a cost of 145.3 million US dollars, Prime Minister Andrej Plenković announced on Wednesday.

Croatia will obtain 62 fighting vehicles, 22 vehicles for spare parts and five for training, and their upgrading will be performed at the Đuro Đaković - a mechanical engineering group based in the eastern town of Slavonski Brod.

The total value of the deal is just shy of 200 million dollars. A US donation, in the amount to 51 million, brought the final price down for Croatia to just over 145 million dollars.

Plenković said that the deal, which had been discussed since 2017, had achieved several strategic objectives - strengthening its alliance with the USA, lowering the price of the vehicles in relation to earlier talks, and securing a service and maintenance role for Đuro Đaković.

"Once they get in a routine of modernizing these vehicles, more and more vehicles will arrive and subsequently be put into active use. The goal is to modernize them and put them into use by 2026. This particular model, the M2A2 ODS, was the precise vehicle requested by representatives of the General Staff of the Croatian Armed Forces," said Plenković.

By joining NATO Croatia has assumed the obligation to form by 2026 a medium infantry brigade, which requires appropriate equipment for the army, the prime minister said.

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