The Defense Security Cooperation Agency announced this week that the US State Department has approved a possible sale of 76 M2A2 Bradley combat vehicles to the government.
The potential deal is valued at $ 757 million, according to DSCA, the Pentagon’s top arms broker.
The proposed package includes the following, according to the DSCA announcement: upgrading 76 M2A2 Bradley combat vehicles and purchasing nearly 2,000 TOW missiles, 84 M240 machine guns, M257 smoke grenade launchers; Ammunition; Radios; Simulator; special armor; Hunter / killer technology and other equipment and spare parts.
“This proposed sale of the Bradley vehicle renovation / modernization will contribute to Croatia’s goal of upgrading its military capabilities while further improving interoperability with the United States and other allies,” DSCA said in its announcement. “Croatia will have no difficulty adding this equipment and support to its armed forces.”
As indicated by the DSCA, the prime contractors will be BAE Systems, York, Pennsylvania; and Raytheon Missile Systems, Tucson, Arizona.
This announcement confirms many of the details in a December 2019 report that the U.S. government plans to donate Bradley infantry combat vehicles in Operation Desert Storm (ODS) configuration to Croatia.
In 2019, Croatian Defense Minister Damir Krsticevic said the United States had accepted an offer to donate 60 Bradley combat vehicles to complement a heavy infantry battalion with an additional 24 replacement vehicles.
The Defense Minister added that the selected Bradley vehicles that will be donated to the Croatian Army are in extremely good shape and that Croatia will need to invest between $ 2 million and $ 5 million per vehicle in refurbishment and subsequent modernization. The surplus Bradley Infantry Fighting Vehicles are currently being stored with the US Army.