Croatian Defence Ministry To Procure Spike Anti-tank Missiles And Patria Armored Vehicles
The Croatian parliament’s Defence Committee backed the federal government’s deliberate buy of SPIKE LR2 anti-tank guided missiles, Patria armoured automobiles and inflexible inflatable boats (RIB) and to modernise the radar system and improve the fight communications system of the Croatian Air Pressure (HRZ). The worth of the venture to obtain SPIKE missiles was barely greater than €11 million, that Patria automobiles would price barely greater than €158 million, and that inflexible inflatable boats had been a donation from the US value €5 million. The worth of the venture to modernise the radar system is round €45 million. For the radar system the interval in query is 2 years, and the venture to obtain SPIKE missiles will likely be barely shorter.
Patria armoured automobiles will likely be procured by 2028 and the procurement interval for RIBs will likely be shorter, noting that funds funding could be secured accordingly. SPIKE long-range missiles could be built-in with the Patria armoured personnel carriers. The plan is to obtain an extra 30 Patria automobiles of various variations. The procurement of each Patria automobiles and SPIKE missiles is essential to realize full operational functionality for anti-armour warfare and NATO functionality targets. The Croatian Military has carried out the primary live-fire trial of a Spike LR (lengthy vary) anti-tank guided missile put in on one of many Croatian Military’s Patria CRO 30L armored automobiles (BOV).
The Patria AMV (Armored Modular Car) is an 8×8 multi-role navy automobile produced by the Finnish defence trade firm Patria. The principle characteristic of the AMV is its modular design, which permits the incorporation of various turrets, weapons, sensors, or communications methods on the identical carriage. In July 2007, the Croatian Ministry of Defence chosen the Patria AMV as the brand new armoured preventing automobile of the Armed Forces. Croatia is prone to order variety of new Patria as a consequence of necessities for Medium Brigade, as much as 42 further Patria AMV armed with Elbit UT30MK2 turrets might be ordered earlier than 2025, ultimately 160 Patria AMV might be in service with the military. In March 2023, Croatia ordered an extra 30 Patria AMV outfitted with to be used with Spike LR missiles.
Spike anti-tank guided missile was developed and designed by the Israeli firm Rafael Superior Protection Techniques. Spike LR2 (Gil-2) is a brand new era of the unique lengthy vary model Spike. The vary elevated to five.5 km. Moreover when fired from helicopter this missile has a spread as much as 10 km utilizing a datalink. It has a tandem HEAT warhead which presents 30% elevated armor penetration. Croatia has ordered 20 Spike LR2 launchers for its Patria AMV armored automobiles. Nevertheless that is preliminary order, talks of 80 to 100 further launchers for 31 model new Patria IFVs which might be on order and to hitch Croatian Military from 2023 to 2026. There isn’t a indication if Croatia will buy Spike MR or SR for its infantry formations. Croatia ordered 200 Spike LR2 missiles initially for $1.25 million.
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