The Embassy of the United States of America is pleased to announce that on December 6th the first 22 of 89 of the Croatian Armed Forces’ Bradley M2A2 Infantry Fighting Vehicles arrived in Rijeka. This powerful platform will boost the capacities of the Croatian Army, strengthen NATO’s defensive posture in the region, and offer enhanced opportunities for the Croatian military to train and partner with the United States Armed Forces.
The Bradley Fighting Vehicles are being transported to the Djuro Djaković Special Vehicles (DDSV) facility where they will be fully refurbished. The extensive refurbishment process will consist of an overhaul of the vehicles’ drive train, installation of new weapons systems and armament, painting, and inspection to ensure the vehicles all meet the highest standards of performance. Once refurbishment is complete, DDSV personnel will be trained and equipped to provide long-term maintenance of the Croatian Army’s Bradley fleet. The work at DDSV will also open up possibilities for the facility to work on other partner countries’ Bradley vehicles. DDSV was chosen as the site of refurbishment due to the company’s significant technical expertise and strong reputation.
“Croatia’s acquisition of Bradley Fighting Vehicles makes a strong and capable Ally even stronger and more capable. It also marks another critical joint U.S.-Croatian investment in Croatia’s defense and our collective security as close NATO Allies,” said U.S. Chargé d’Affaires Mark Fleming. “What is more, the acquisition shows the extended benefits of the U.S.-Croatia defense partnership with refurbishment at Djuro Djaković in Slavonski Brod, which is quickly becoming an important hub for this type of work, promoting the economic development of the region,” said Chargé d’Affaires Fleming. “We deeply appreciate our close partnership with the Croatian government on this important project for the benefit of both our countries,” he added.
The United States is proud to support Croatia’s Bradley program and our shared commitments to the NATO Alliance. To that end, we have provided nearly $57 million in military grant assistance for this program to augment Croatia’s $145.2 million expenditure. In addition, the Minnesota National Guard will help Croatia build, maintain, and integrate the Bradley capability through long-term State Partnership Program (SPP) initiatives together with the Croatian Armed Forces. This showcases that defense cooperation remains the cornerstone of the U.S. – Croatia bilateral relationship. And that, as always, we stand stronger together.