The Ministry of Defence of the Republic of Croatia has released the defence procurement plan for 2017, by increasing its budget by close to HRK400m ($57m).
The country has earmarked HRK1,700m ($242.59m) for the procurement and sustainment items, which accounts for 40% of the country's overall budget.
Croatia Defence Minister Damir Krsticevic said: “The current government has since its appointment insisted on enhanced integrity, responsibility and transparency in all domains as well as on improved system of financial management and control, as well as on the analysis of the implementation and supervision of the use of the funds.”
Construction of the inshore patrol vessel, as well as the acquisition and overhaul of self-propelled PzH 2000 Howitzers, is currently underway.
The ministry will also continue to procure OH-58D Kiowa Warrior helicopters, as well as construct facilities in the 'Pk Predrag Matanovic' barracks in Petrinja and the Croatian Defence Academy in Zagreb.
Under the new plan, Croatia will procure explosive ordnance, engineering equipment, military trucks and water tanks, MRAP vehicle parts, M-84 tank upgrades and signal technologies.
Projects to be undertaken in 2017 include the overhaul of Mi-171Sh helicopters, as well as the construction and renovation of facilities, gear and footwear.
Krsticevic added: “The Ministry of Defence conducts some 1,000 procurement procedures on an annual basis; transparency is at once the statutory obligation, our common interest and orientation.”
The ministry will focus on improving the living and working conditions of enlisted soldiers, officers and civilian employees.
It also aims to facilitate their participation in operations, exercises and training in support of Croatia's civilian population.
Image: Croatia has increased the 2017 defence budget by $57m. Photo: courtesy of MORH / J. Kopi