Croatia is to receive M2A2 Operation 'Desert Storm' (ODS) Bradley infantry fighting vehicles (IFVs) from the US, Defence Minister Damir Krstičević announced in Zagreb on 27 November. Krstičević said 60 vehicles would equip a heavy infantry battalion, with another 24 vehicles for spares, and that the are due to be delivered before the end of 2021.
The vehicles will be overhauled and upgraded by Djuro Djakovic Special Vehicles, which Krstičević believes "has great potential for co-operation with the US-based BAE Systems in the establishment of a Bradley vehicle production/maintenance centre for this part of Europe right in Croatia through [the] transfer of knowhow and direct investment by the American partner".
Krstičević valued the 60 Bradley IFVs at USD2-3 million after the upgrade and the US donation of the vehicles at around USD84 milion, plus a direct grant of USD25 million to begin the upgrade.
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