The United States will donate two UH-60M helicopters to Croatia, Defence Minister Damir Krstičević has announced. The announcement was made during a visit involving two US Army UH-60Ms from Germany to Pleso airbase near Zagreb on 12 October.
The helicopters are expected to be delivered by 2020 and will be used mainly by the Croatian Armed Forces’ Special Forces Command. The Croatian Ministry of Defence said the helicopters would be used for airborne assault, air-medical evacuation, casualty evacuation, search and rescue, surveillance, command, troop and cargo transport and, if armed, for firing weapons such as rockets.
Krstičević placed the donation in the context of a wider Croatian transition to western military equipment, stating that it represents “further evidence of a true alliance and strategic partnership between two countries”.
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