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Igor Tabak, Zagreb - IHS Jane's Defence Weekly
25 March 2015


One of 162 Oshkosh M-ATVs now in Croatian service after being gifted under the US Excess Defense Articles programme. Source: Igor Tabak

The Croatian Armed Forces (CAF) presented new armoured vehicles at their Gasinci training grounds on 20 March.


A Croatian Patria AMV APC variant, fitted with a Kongsberg Protector weapon station, pictured during an amphibious demonstration on 20 March. (Igor Tabak)


Four variants of the Patria Armoured Modular Vehicle (AMV) were presented: medical, logistical, and command versions, plus an armoured personnel carrier variant fitted with a Kongsberg Protector weapon station armed with a 12.7 mm gun.

As well, three new types of mine-resistant ambush-protected (MRAP) vehicles donated by the United States were also shown - the Navistar MaxxPro, the Oshkosh M-ATV, and the BAE Systems RG33 HAGA (Heavy Armoured Ground Ambulance) - along with older Iveco Light Multirole Vehicles (LMVs) and Humvees received in an earlier US donation.

Just 16 of the planned total of 126 AMVs have entered service so far due to slow subsystem integration, according to the CAF. A further 33 are currently being prepared, while the remaining 69 should be in service by the end of 2015.

The remaining eight Patria vehicles are to be equipped with a 30 mm-armed weapon station (to be procured under an international bidding process that begins soon). All 126 AMVs are to be in CAF active service by the end of 2016.

The US donation of 212 used MRAPs to Croatia was made via the Excess Defense Articles (EDA) programme with two letters of offer and acceptance dated 10 September 2013 and 4 April 2014.

Of 162 M-ATVs received, 15 are going to the Croatian Special Forces Command (SFCOM), 5 will be with the Support Command (SCOM), 2 with the Military Police Regiment, and 78 are to enter service with the Croatian Army in 2015, with a further 62 to follow in 2016 (equipping the 1st Battalion of the Motorized Guards Brigade in Gospic).

Of the 30 MaxxPro vehicles received, 21 are for the Croatian Army, 5 will join SFCOM, and 2 each will go into SCOM and the Military Police Regiment. All of the 20 RG33 HAGA vehicles are to enter service with SCOM in 2015.

The 20 Humvees are to be used for training, to achieve NATO-mandated capability targets for Croatia, and also as forward observer vehicles for the PzH 2000 self-propelled howitzers that Croatia is to acquire from Germany.

Of the 10 Iveco LMVs that Croatia bought in 2006 and 2007, all nine sent to Afghanistan have returned and currently serve with the military police as part of Croatia's declared platoon-strong contribution to the NATO Provisional Response Capability force.
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