The U.S. government plans to donate nearly 60 Bradley M2A2 Infantry fighting vehicles in ODS (Operation Desert Storm) configuration in Croatia, according to a statement issued by Croatian Defense Minister Damir Krsticevic, reports Kamenjar.com.
M2A2 Bradley IFV (Image source: US DoD)
“The United States has accepted a donation offer of 60 Bradley fighting vehicles to supplement the heavy infantry battalion with 24 other spare vehicles,” Krsticevic said at the Jutarnji List and Ministry’s international defense conference. of Defense entitled “The future of Croatian defence”. industry and new technologies. The Minister of Defense also added that Croatia will have to invest between 2 and 5 million dollars per vehicle to refresh and then modernize them. Currently, surplus Bradley infantry fighting vehicles are in long-term storage in the US Army.
The Minister also confirmed that Croatia had agreed to participate in the new ERIP program, a State Department program through which the United States assists its allies in the transition of military technology from East to West. Thanks to the ERIP, Croatia receives 25 million dollars for the Bradley program. With the implementation of this project, Croatia would also carry out the capacity building program within NATO.
BAE Systems has acted as a manufacturer and system integrator of the Bradley program for over 30 years, including performing various upgrades based on customer needs and mission requirements.
the M2A2Bradley The AIFV (Armored Infantry Fighting Vehicle) was introduced in the US Army in 1988, it is an improved version of the standard vehicle Bradley M2A1. Improvements include the following: Improved vehicle survivability through ammo restoration; internal shield protection of key components; anti-splinter coatings and mounting devices for better protection against vehicle smoke; additional armor protection, including additional hull and turret armor; a ballistic fairing provided for the commander’s emergency sight; and an improved transmission and suspension.