Croatia announces deal to invest in US Bradley fighting motor vehicles

Croatia has arrived at an settlement with the United States to purchase 89 Bradley preventing vehicles as component of cooperation with Washington and designs in just NATO to variety an infantry brigade

ZAGREB, Croatia — Croatia has reached an settlement with the United States to acquire 89 Bradley motor vehicles as section of cooperation with Washington and plans as a member of NATO to kind an infantry brigade, Prime Minister Andrej Plenkovic said Wednesday.

Croatia’s government is envisioned to formally endorse the $196 million (173 million-euro) offer at a session on Thursday. Plenkovic stated the price features an American donation of $51 million (45 million euros).

“This is a affirmation of very good cooperation and I consider that in this way, we have extra a different piece to the mosaic of our cooperation,” Plenkovic instructed reporters. “The Croatian army will realize a new degree of top quality.”

Croatia has been negotiating the acquire of U.S. Bradley M2A2 infantry battling vehicles due to the fact 2017. Croatia will get 62 fighting vehicles, 22 cars for reserve pieces and five schooling motor vehicles.

Plenkovic mentioned they will setting up arriving in 2023 and will be serviced in Croatia in the future.

“I think we designed a very good offer with the American side,” Plenkovic stated.

Croatia also procured 12 Rafale fighter jets very last yr from France. Croatia, which is a member of NATO and the European Union, is in a mini arms race with neighboring Russian ally Serbia amid simmering tensions in the post-war Balkan location.