Elbit Systems from Israel, with its battle stations and an anti-armor missile system manufactured by the Israeli company Rafael has won a bid for the Croatian army, after the last tender which lasted for two years came to an end.
Croatian Ministry of Defense will sign a contract with Israel-based Company Elbit Systems to purchase eight remote-controlled weapon systems, local daily Vecernji list reported on Monday.
According to Croatian news sources, this comes as part of the Croatian-Israeli military cooperation which was launched during Croatia’s Defense Minister Damir Krsticevic’s visit to Israel earlier in 2017.
These weapons systems will be fitted on eight of 126 armored transporters that Croatia bought from Finland's biggest arms manufacturer Patria. The 93.62-million-kuna (14.88 million U.S. dollars) contract should be signed by the end of this month or at the beginning of September.
The systems will be delivered by the end of 2018, while the Defense Ministry believes that some vehicles will be completely armed until the beginning of 2018. Israeli's instructors will hold "train the trainer" courses, which means they will train some Croatian crews who will lately instruct their colleagues.
Vecernji list reported that Ministry of Defense is satisfied with the purchased systems because it will improve Croatia's combat effectiveness, especially because of the long-range missile Spike-LR that can destroy 700mm armor at a distance of 4,000 meters.
Also, it is expected that Israeli minister Avigdor Lieberman will soon arrive in Zagreb for further meeting and cooperation.
Rafael is one of the world’s leading rocket system manufacturers, whose Spike-type rockets are rated as probably the best in the world. Rafael develops and produces weapons, military, and defense technologies for the Israeli army and for export abroad.