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Oružane snage Republike Hrvatske| command_structure = Republic of Croatia Armed Forces| garrison = Karlovac| garrison_label = H/QPUBLISHER=, 24 December 2014, 623 x IFV & APC 350 x artillery pieces, mortars| equipment_label = | nickname = | patron = | motto = "Domovini vjerni" (Faithful to Homeland)| colors = | colors_label = | march = Mi smo garda hrvatska (We are the Croatian guard)| mascot = | battles = Croatian War of Independence: Bosnian War: War in AfghanistanWar in Iraq| anniversaries = 28 May| decorations = | battle_honors = | current_commander = Brigadier general Siniša Jurković| current_commander_label = | ceremonial_chief = | ceremonial_chief_label = | colonel_of_the_regiment = | colonel_of_the_regiment_label = | notable_commanders = General Martin Špegelj, General Janko Bobetko, General Petar Stipetić, General Zvonimir Červenko, Lieutenant General Ante Gotovina, Lieutenant General Marijan Mareković, Lieutenant General Mladen Kruljac}}The Croatian Army ( or HV) and Croatian Ground Army ( or HKoV) is the largest and most significant component of the Croatian Armed Forces (CAF).

Role and deployment

The fundamental role and purpose of the Croatian Army is to protect vital national interests of the Republic of Croatia and defend the sovereignty and territorial integrity of the state.The Croatian Army's primary tasks are to:WEB,weblink Jane’s by IHS Markit, janes.ihs.com, en, 2018-09-14,
  • Defend against possible aggression at strategic operational levels and to defend against any land, air, or amphibious assault, in co-operation with the other branches of the CAF.
  • Help allies and friendly countries in time of need.
  • Build the capability to carry out non-traditional tasks such as humanitarian support during floods, fires, and other natural disasters.

Recent and current operations

North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (NATO)

The Croatian Army has contributed to the following NATO missions:
  • NATO EFP Battlegroups (Lithuania & Poland) - 2017
  • Operation Resolute Support (Afghanistan) - since 2015
  • NATO International Security and Assistance Force (ISAF) (Afghanistan) - from 2003-2014

United Nations (UN)

The Croatian Army was involved in the following UN missions as of December 2017:
  • UN Mission for the Referendum in Western Sahara (MINURSO): seven military observers
  • UN Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL): one staff officer
  • UN Military Observer Group in India and Pakistan (UNMOGIP): nine military observers
In the past, the Croatian Army has also contributed to:

History

The Croatian Army was formed in the Croatian War of Independence, when, on November 3, 1991, the Croatian National Guard was renamed the Croatian Army.Numerous Croatian army units arose from the Croatian National Guard, including: The locally based regiments were named the Home Guard Regiments (Domobranska pukovnija). They were created on 24 December 1991, during the war, and ceased to exist in a 2003 reorganization.WEB,weblink Braniteljski portal - ...Ne pitaj što domovina može učiniti za tebe, nego što ti možeš učiniti za Domovinu..., 24 December 2014,weblink" title="web.archive.org/web/20120229033021weblink">weblink 29 February 2012, dead, {{Location map+ | Croatia| width = 400| caption = Croatian army locations Key: red – mech, gold – armoured | relief = 1| places =
{{Location map~ | Croatia
| label = Armored Guard Brigade
| position = right
| background = white
| mark = Gold pog.svg
| marksize = 10
| lat_deg = 45 | lat_min = 28 | lat_dir = N
| lon_deg = 18 | lon_min = 48 | lon_dir = E
}}
{{Location map~ | Croatia
| label = Mechanized Guard Brigade
| position = left
| background = white
| mark = Red pog.svg
| marksize = 10
| lat_deg = 44 | lat_min = 04 | lat_dir = N
| lon_deg = 16 | lon_min = 19 | lon_dir = E
}}
{{Location map~ | Croatia
| label = Training and Doctrine Command
| position = left
| background = white
| mark = DeepPink pog.svg
| marksize = 10
| lat_deg = 45 | lat_min = 33 | lat_dir = N
| lon_deg = 17 | lon_min = 67 | lon_dir = E
}}
}}

Organizational structure and status

The Croatian Army is an all-volunteer force numbering 7,514 active duty personnel and 193 civil servants and employees as of August 2016. The Army can also call on 6,000 reserve personnel who serve up to 30 days every year.File:Czech army Sgt. Van Kmecik and Croatian army Master Sgt. Bravko Horvat discuss patrol routes.jpg|thumbnail|left|Croatian Army Master Sgt.(right) discusses patrol routes with a Czech ArmyCzech ArmyThe Croatian Army is being reorganized to fit in the NATO doctrine of a small, highly capable force with an emphasis on mobility and versatility.Major combatant commands of the Croatian Army are one armored and one mechanized brigade, each brigade having a specific role and different responsibilities. In 2012, one motorized infantry company is to be detached and put under the command of the EU Battle Group led by Germany. Croatia continues to deploy 350 personnel in support of NATO International Security Assistance Force in Afghanistan.Croatia achieved NATO membership in April 2009. The defence reforms that Croatia initiated in 2000 have a long-term goal of replacing and modernizing the armed forces to meet the challenges of NATO membership. The plan calls for the modernization of the Army and the introduction of training and doctrine in line with Western (NATO) standards. Replacing ex-Yugoslav/Soviet hardware is also one of the main priorities.There are various ongoing initiatives, such as the upgrade of the tank fleet, introduction of new Armored Personnel Carriers and NATO standard assault rifles, etc. Procurement of new, NATO-compatible equipment takes a significant part of the defense budget.Until less than a decade ago, Croatia had operated just under 280 main battle tanks, but this number decreased significantly due to the withdrawal of roughly 200 obsolete T-55 tanks in 2006. Most of these units have been scrapped, but a limited number have been stored as operational reserve in case of need. The mainstay now are the M-84A4 Sniper main battle tanks which are currently undergoing overhauls. However, modernization of the tank fleet to the M-84D standard is also envisaged.In July 2007 Patria AMV won the contract to supply the next generation of APCs to the Croatian Army. Only 84 vehicles were ordered at first with an additional 42 purchased in an extended contract signed in December 2008. Croatia now operates 126 units with the first six vehicles manufactured in Finland and delivered by late 2008. All remaining vehicles have been locally produced by 2014. Out of a total of 126 units, 112 are armed with 12,7 Protector (RWS) remote controlled stations.In early 2007, Croatia bought 10 Iveco LMV light armoured vehicles at a cost of 330,000 Euros per unit. According to official documents, 94 of these vehicles were needed by 2017. However, Croatia now relies on over 200 US-donated HMMWV and MRAP type vehicles.Steps have been made to standardize the difficult-to-maintain vehicle inventory of the Croatian military, which is full of various models of different origin, type and age. Starting with 2005, the Army bought 152 light trucks and vehicles, 156 in 2006 with an additional 170 obtained by the end of 2007. All vehicles are from prominent European or Japanese manufacturers including Mercedes-Benz, Land Rover, Iveco, MAN, Toyota and Nissan. These purchases are an ongoing process seen as roughly 150-180 new terrain vehicles are procured annually.The Croatian Army is introducing a new assault rifle in 5.56mm NATO caliber to replace large stocks of AK-47 and its derivatives. The chosen model is the locally manufactured VHS developed by HS Produkt. The initial batch of 1,000 rifles was ordered in 2009–2010 with the requirement for up to 20,000 rifles. The MoD press and photo releases from regular training activities indicate that the VHS had been issued to elements of the Military Intelligence Battalion, Combat Swimmer Detachment of the Special Forces Battalion, as well as to one of the infantry companies of the Guards Mechanized Brigade as early as 2011.

Order of battle

(File:Croatia Ground Army.png|thumb|right|400px|Current structure of the Croatian Army)
  • Land Forces Command (Karlovac)WEB,weblink Request Rejected, 19 June 2016, dead,weblink" title="web.archive.org/web/20081221063516weblink">weblink December 21, 2008,
    • Armored Guard Brigade (Vinkovci)
      • Headquarters & Headquarters Company
      • 1st Tank Battalion "Kune" (GaÅ¡inci)
      • 2nd Armoured Battalion
      • 3rd Mechanized Battalion "Sokolovi" (NaÅ¡ice/Vinkovci)
      • 4th Mechanized Battalion "Pume" (NaÅ¡ice/Vinkovci)
      • Mixed Artillery Battalion (Bjelovar)
      • Air Defence Battalion (Vinkovci)
      • Engineer Battalion (Vinkovci)
      • Reconnaissance Company (Vinkovci)
      • Signals Company (Vinkovci)
      • Logistics Company (Vinkovci)
    • Mechanized Guard Brigade (Knin)
      • Headquarters & Headquarters Company
      • 1st Mechanized Battalion "Tigrovi" (Petrinja)
      • 2nd Mechanized Battalion "Gromovi" (Petrinja)
      • 3rd Mechanized Battalion "Pauci" (Knin)
      • Motorized Battalion "Vukovi" (Gospić)
      • Mixed Artillery Battalion (Karlovac/Slunj)
      • Air Defence Battalion (Benkovac)
      • Engineer Battalion (Sinj)
      • Reconnaissance Company
      • Signals Company
      • Logistics Company
    • Training and Doctrine Command "Fran Krsto Frankopan" (Osijek)
      • Infantry Regiment (Petrinja)
      • Artillery Regiment (Bjelovar)
      • Engineer Regiment (Karlovac)
      • Logistics Regiment (Benkovac)
      • Basic Training Centre (Požega)
      • Combat Training Center (Slunj)
      • Simulation Center (Zagreb)
    • Military Police Regiment (Ogulin/Karlovac)
    • Signals Regiment (Karlovac)
    • Military Intelligence Battalion (Zagreb)
    • NBC Defence Battalion (Dugo Selo)
    • Special Operations Forces Command (Delnice)
    • Air Defence Regiment (Donji)
      • Command Battery (Zemunik)
      • 1st Mixed Battalion (Zemunik)
      • 2nd Mixed Battalion (Udbina)
      • 3rd Mixed Battalion (Zagreb)
    • Signals Battalion (Velika Gorica)
    • International Operations Training Center (Rakitje)

Operational art and tactical doctrine

Building on NATO's Partnership for Peace assistance programmes and full NATO membership since 2009, the Croatian Army has embraced the alliance concepts of the 24-hour, three-dimensional battlefield and the employment of highly trained and motivated forces equipped to deploy rapidly and operate with flexibility as part of a larger multinational force.WEB,weblink Jane’s by IHS Markit, janes.ihs.com, en, 2018-09-14, The Croatian Army is also working more closely with the air force and navy, resulting in more multi-phased operations with detailed ground/air co-ordination, but more needs to be done at all echelons to achieve a deeper level of jointness. In all of these activities, the land forces are in the lead.WEB,weblink Jane’s by IHS Markit, janes.ihs.com, en, 2018-09-14,

Modernization plans

File:Giving orders (7296490662).jpg|250px|thumb| Croatian soldier with a VHS assault rifleVHS assault rifleFile:Croatian soldiers take cover beside a military vehicle as they enter a village during a raid as part of Immediate Response 2012 at the Slunj Training Area, Croatia, June 5, 2012 120605-A-KH850-016.jpg|250px|thumb| Soldiers take cover beside a Patria AMVPatria AMVFile:Patria ready for patrol (7296488908).jpg|250px|thumb|Patria AMVPatria AMVIn past decade or so, Croatian Army underwent significant changes, modernization of the armed forces albeit at the much slower pace then anticipated due to economic recession at the start of this decade, caused realignment of Croatia's priorities, Croatia's military subsequently faced significant cutbacks and reduction in expenditure or purchase of new armaments. However, as a result of NATO membership, Croatia agreed to fulfill some of the operational responsibilities towards NATO, this includes formation of two mechanized brigades, with emphasis on equipping both brigades with NATO standard equipment. Procurement of heavy weapons is still lagging behind due to shortage of funding for the armed forces, however donations by US Armed Forces have helped Croatia to gap some of the shortfalls. Purchase of 126 Patria AMV APCs allowed for light mechanized brigade to replace old Yugoslav and Soviet era weapon systems that saw little use with in NATO. However, Heavy Mechanized brigade still relies heavily on Soviet and Yugoslav era weapon systems and modernization of that brigade is one of the priorities for current government. Equipping the brigade with modern Infantry Fighting Vehicle such as CV-90 or Puma, would go long way in fulfilling that task, however Bradley M2 and other western IFV combinations are also being considered. Modernization of Croatia's M-84 Main Battle Tank due to significant costs but also lack of interoperability within NATO has been dropped and alternatives are being sought, Leopard 2 most likely being the only choice for the armed forces, however lack of funding ensures this remains only a distant dream at this stage. Current plans call for establishment of a 3rd mechanized battalion with in Heavy Mechanized Brigade due to NATO requirement for such unit. 60 Additional Patria AMV will be ordered to fulfill requirements for Heavy Mechanized Brigade, additional PzH 2000 howitzers are likely to be purchased from Germany to meet the NATO requirement for a 2nd Armoured Battalion. Additional light mine protected vehicles to be sought from US, to meet the NATO requirements for ISTAR capability and number of drones and UAVs to be purchased as part of this capability. Army will try to update its current logistic's requirement with a purchase of up to 500 new military trucks, 300 light off-road vehicles and number of other support vehicles. This is likely to take at least a decade due to shortage of funds. Purchase of 30mm RCWS is a priority, 16 of which are already on order, requirement calls for 64 RCWS, this also includes purchase of modern anti tank system for the armed forces to replace current Soviet era systems that are nearing their use date. Army also plans to purchase modern western medium range Surface to air system, with NASAM 2 being the most likely choice, however shortage of funds might delay the purchase until late 2020s. The budget should slowly increase due to NATO requirement for all its members to spend at least 2% of GDP on defence. Croatia plans to meet that target by around 2025, by which point Croatian economy is expected to reach around 550 billion kuna or just under $90 billion at current exchange rate. With more funds it is hopped Croatia could modernize most of its armed forces to NATO standard without US assistance by this point. Currently US has aided Croatian Armed Forces modernization and training in tune of around €120 million per year since 2015 and is expected to increase these slightly in coming years as Croatia is about to purchase 16 brand new army helicopters, Sikorsky UH-60 Black Hawk being favorite and number of other systems. Other programs:
  • Equipping motorized infantry battalion (800-1,000 men) with night vision equipment, including advanced optoelectronics and sensors, ground radars, thermal imaging cameras – 120 million Croatian Kuna
  • NBC equipment for biological/chemical-decontamination unit – 150 million Croatian Kuna
  • Procurement of new army engineering vehicles, armored recovery vehicles, mine clearance vehicles and armored personal vehicles designed to withstand mine blasts – 320 million Croatian Kuna
  • Procurement of modern communication and battlefield management systems –
  • Procurement of new logistic and amphibious vehicles – 250 million Croatian Kuna
  • Procurement of 3-4 Artillery Radars – 30–40 million Croatian Kuna
  • Procurement of 8-12 Mobile air defense radars – 200–300 million Croatian Kuna
  • Procurement of Army Field Hospital - 80-100 million Croatian Kuna
  • Procurement of 16 Army Tank transporters, Heavy Equipment Transporters – 80–100 million Croatian Kuna
  • Procurement of Bridge laying equipment – 100 million Croatian Kuna

Equipment

Handguns

The Croatian Army's requirement for personal protection side arms is being fulfilled by the locally produced HS2000 hand gun design, which has also become increasingly popular in the United States and elsewhere.{| class="wikitable" bgcolor=aabccc!Model!!Image!!Caliber!!Origin!!Quantity!!NoteHS 2000>HS Produkt HS 2000 (File:HS2000.png| standard sidearmSpringfield Armory XDM>HS XDMHTTP://WORLD.GUNS.RU/HANDGUNS/HG/HR/IM-METAL-HS-2000-E.HTML>TITLE=MODERN FIREARMS - IM METAL HS 2000ACCESSDATE=28 SEPTEMBER 2015, (File:HS2000.png| standard sidearm

Submachine guns

{| class="wikitable" bgcolor=aabccc!Model!!Image!!Caliber!!Origin!!Quantity!!Noteweblink >150px) 9×19mm {{GER}} 80-100 Used by special forces and anti terrorist policeUzi>ERO (File:UZI Submachine Gun (7414624230).jpg| Unlicensed copy of the IMI Uzi submachine gun. Used by special forces and anti terrorist police

Assault rifles

The Croatian Army's current 2 standard assault rifles are the VHS and VHS2. The VHS's family of assault rifles replaced M70 entirely in 2015. Croatian peacekeepers and serviceman who serve on NATO/EU missions tend to be supplied with the German-made H&K G36C rifle and, to a lesser extent, the US Colt M4 carbine.The Croatian Army inherited large quantities of Yugoslav Army light infantry weaponry, much of it captured during the Battle of the Barracks. These were supplemented by indigenous designs, some of which were very successful and found export markets. During the 1990s, these were perfectly acceptable light infantry weapons; however, with Croatia's entry into NATO, many older Yugoslav-era designs were seen as redundant and surplus to the requirement. Much of stock of small arms is being replaced by western designs and will lead to the eventual withdrawal of some older models such as Zastava M76, RT-20, MSCS M1 &2, and older Remington rifles. Croatia has acquired a substantial quantity of Sako TRG 42 sniper rifles with the aim of equipping the current army (around 7 infantry battalions) with 32 Sako TRG 42 sniper rifles per battalion. Additional equipment, such as optics and grenade launchers, were also obtained from domestic and German suppliers. Machine guns inherited from the Yugoslav era are also being supplemented by a large number of western models, namely FN MAG, Ultimax 100, M249 light machine gun and, contentiously, an ever-growing quantity of M2 Browning machine guns (of which Croatia had some 570 examples at the end of 2010, but numbers are likely to grow to well over 800 by 2020 due to number of new armored vehicles being armed with remote overhead weapon stations, as well as stand alone firing ports on a number of new armored vehicles Croatia has acquired or is to acquire from US and other NATO partners).As of late 2017, Croatian Army maintains over 15000 VHS/VHS2 assault rifles in service, of these more than half are newer model HSP VHS-2, with ground forces transitioning to only HSP VHS-2 with in next few years. Army will retain original VHS-1 rifles in reserve, however Army plans to order up to 50 000 HSP VHS-2 rifles. {| class="wikitable" bgcolor=aabccc!Model!!Image!!Caliber!!Origin!!Quantity!!NoteVHS assault rifle>HS Produkt VHS/VHS2 (File:HS VHS.pngACCESSDATE=24 DECEMBER 2014ARCHIVE-DATE=24 DECEMBER 2014PUBLISHER=ACCESSDATE=2014-01-27 ARCHIVEURL=HTTPS://WEB.ARCHIVE.ORG/WEB/20131127004547/HTTP://ARHIVA.MORH.HR/KATALOG/DOCUMENTS/DPR_FINAL.PDF TITLE=IMAGE: HVU_KONFERENCIJA_01042014_17.JPG, (1200 × 798 PX)ACCESSDATE=28 SEPTEMBER 2015, Army Order for 300 VHS 2 Rifles made with future order for 20 000 VHS 2 agreed. VHS2 Rifles to replace VHS 1 which will be relegated in to reserve status.HTTP://WWW.VECERNJI.HR/HRVATSKA/MORH-NABAVLJA-OPREMU-OD-HRVATSKIH-PROIZVODACA-VRIJEDNU-50-MILIJUNA-KUNA-983903>TITLE=HV NABAVLJA 20.000 NOVIH PUšAKA, UGOVOR VRIJEDAN 50 MILIJUNA KUNA - VEčERNJI.HRACCESSDATE=28 SEPTEMBER 2015, weblink>150px) 5.56×45mm {{GER}} 750 Used by peacekeepers, special Forces and Ministry of the Interior, additional 200 acquired for MUP for total of 750.Heckler & Koch HK416 >150px) 5.56×45mm {{GER}} 55weblink Used by peacekeepers, ISFOR and Special Forces in Croatia. New order for 250 Heckler & Koch HK416 and 100 Heckler & Koch HK417 for delivery in 2018. M4 carbine>Colt M4 (File:M4SOPMOD.pngPUBLISHER=, 24 December 2014, FN F2000 >150px) 5.56×45mm {{BEL}} 100 Bought for evaluation but not adopted, currently in limited useZastava M70 >150px) 7.62×39mm {{YUG}} 640 Around 88,000 stored and offered for sale, 44,000 sold to Afghanistan in 2010, 4000 donated to Mali in 2013,HTTP://WWW.MORH.HR/EN/NEWS/PRESS-RELEASES/8125-CROATIA-DELIVERS-DONATED-INFANTRY-WEAPONS-TO-MALI.HTML>TITLE=CROATIA DELIVERS DONATED INFANTRY WEAPONS TO MALI – MINISTRY OF DEFENCE OF THE REPUBLIC OF CROATIAPUBLISHER=Opposing force>opfor training..HTTP://WWW.DEFENDER.HR/REPUBLIKA-HRVATSKA/OBRAMBENA-POLITIKA/HRVATSKA-VLADA-DONIRALA-MALIJU-ORUZJA-U-VRIJEDNOSTI-MILIJUN-KUNA.PHP>TITLE=HRVATSKA VLADA DONIRALA MALIJU ORUžJE VRIJEDNOSTI MILIJUN KUNAARCHIVE-URL=HTTPS://WEB.ARCHIVE.ORG/WEB/20141224170448/HTTP://WWW.DEFENDER.HR/REPUBLIKA-HRVATSKA/OBRAMBENA-POLITIKA/HRVATSKA-VLADA-DONIRALA-MALIJU-ORUZJA-U-VRIJEDNOSTI-MILIJUN-KUNA.PHPURL-STATUS=DEAD, HTTP://WWW.INDEX.HR/VIJESTI/CLANAK/ZA-MIR-I-SIGURNOST-U-AFGANISTANU-HRVATSKA-DONIRA-15000-PUSAKA-I-300-TOPOVA/548319.ASPX>TITLE=ZA MIR I SIGURNOST U AFGANISTANU HRVATSKA DONIRA 15.000 PUšAKA I 300 TOPOVAACCESSDATE=24 DECEMBER 2014,

Sniper rifles

{| class="wikitable" bgcolor=aabccc!Model!!Image!!Caliber!!Origin!!Quantity!!NoteSako TRG>Sako TRG-42 (File:TRG42.png| standard sniper rifle of Croatian Army replacing older models.Heckler & Koch HK417 >150px) 7.62×51mm {{GER}} 150~ standard light Assaulter sniper rifle of Croatian Army, used as designated marksman rifle with in Croatian Army. More to be acquired. M40 rifle>Remington M40A5 (File:M40.pngACCESS-DATE=2013-02-17 ARCHIVE-DATE=2016-03-03, dead, Barrett M82 >150px) 12.7×99mm {{USA}} 24~ anti-materiel rifle, a dozen or so kept in reserve status.MACS M3 >150px) 12.7×99mm {{CRO}} 20~ standard high caliber sniper rifle, supplements Sako TRG.RT-20 (rifle)>RT-20 (File:RT20.png| anti-materiel rifle only few samples in service bgcoloraabccc">

Grenade launchers{| class"wikitable" bgcoloraabccc

!Model!!Image!!Caliber!!Origin!!Quantity!!NoteMilkor MGL>RBG-6 (File:RBG6.png| 112 with Croatian Army and 12 with special forces and anti terrorist units.weblinkHeckler & Koch AG36>H&K AG36 (File:AG36.png| Comes as standard with all H&K G36C deployed in ISAF and other NATO/EU missions.Mk 19 grenade launcher >150px) 40×53mm {{USA}} 32+ For the first time seen in the public at recent Military parade held in Zagreb, 32 weapons purchased for 4.8 million kuna. Mounted on to MATV and M1151 Up-Armored Capable HMMWV vehicles. More to be purchased, requirement calls for 224 weapon systems.HTTP://WWW.HRVATSKI-VOJNIK.HR/CACHE/FDGALLERY/5B2EEF04DF_MIMOHOD-B-TEHNIKA-4_750X550.JPG>TITLE=IMAGE: 5B2EEF04DF_MIMOHOD-B-TEHNIKA-4_750X550.JPG, (750 × 550 PX)ACCESSDATE=28 SEPTEMBER 2015ARCHIVE-DATE=24 SEPTEMBER 2015TITLE=IMAGE: MIMOHOD_0150.JPG, (1200 × 800 PX)ACCESSDATE=28 SEPTEMBER 2015, HTTP://WWW.OSRH.HR/DATA/HTML/HR/GLAVNA/DOGA%C4%90ANJA/20150806_ZZ_SVE%C4%8DANI_MIMOHOD_U_ZAGREBU_4.8.2015/MIMOHOD_0151.JPG>DATE=5 AUGUST 2015PUBLISHER=OSRH.HR, 28 September 2015,

Machine guns

{| class="wikitable" bgcolor=aabccc!Model!!Image!!Caliber!!Origin!!Quantity!!NoteM2 Browning machine gun>Browning M2 (File:BrowningM2.png| Mostly mounted on armoured vehicles and tanks, including as remote weapon stations, of which 120+ are in use with the Croatian Army. More to be acquired,FN MAG >150px) 7.62×51mm {{BEL}} 400+ number purchased for new light armored vehicles and infantry mobility vehicles armoredM249 light machine gun>FN M249 (File:M249.png| More to be acquired.weblinkUltimax 100 >150px) 5.56×45mm {{SIN}} 100 Acquired in mid 1990s, just after the Homeland War.Heckler & Koch HK21 >150px) 5.56×45mm {{GER}} 300 Acquired in late 1990s, supplements FN M24weblink

Tanks

On April 24, 2013 the Defence Minister signed a memorandum with Đuro Đaković – Specijalna vozila for the upkeep, maintenance and modernization of the M-84 fleet (48 tanks) with the aim to improve the serviceability of the fleet.WEB,weblinkweblink" title="web.archive.org/web/20130427224638weblink">weblink dead, 27 April 2013, Potpisano Pismo namjere između MORH-a i Đure Đakovića :: MORH - Ministarstvo obrane Republike Hrvatske - službeni web portal, 28 September 2015, According to current plans only 4 tanks are to be fully overhauled at cost of $1.8 million or $450,000 per tank with potential for further 44 tanks to be fully overhauled by late 2020 at cost of $20 million or 110 million Kuna.Long-term plans regarding the future role of M-84 tanks in Croatian Army is to be defined by MOD. The new proposed defence white paper envisages only a fleet of 48 tanks.WEB,weblink 24 September 2014, Dugoročni plan razvoja Oružanih snaga Republike Hrvatske 2015 2024 pripremljen za objavljivanje, 28 September 2015, Public consultation is being held as to what direction will be taken in regards to current tank fleet, purchuse of new western tanks or further modernization to A5 standard.{| class="wikitable" bgcolor=aabccc!Model!!Image!!Type!!Origin!!Number!!DetailsM-84>M-84A4 Sniper (File:M-84 DanOSRH2011.JPGM-84A4Snajper) Main battle tank >M-84>M-84A tanks brought to this standard by 2008 and are awaiting further upgrade. The fleet is undergoing limited overhaul with 4 tanks to be refurbished by the year's end at the cost of 440,000 USD per vehicle.HTTP://WWW.POSLOVNI.HR/DOMACE-KOMPANIJE/MORH-PLACA-10-MILIJUNA-KUNA-ZA-REMONT-CETIRI-TENKA-M-84-251753>TITLE=MORH PLAćA 10 MILIJUNA KUNA ZA REMONT čETIRI TENKA M-84ACCESSDATE=24 DECEMBER 2014, Under new proposed Defence White paper only 48 (44+4) tanks will be kept, remaining tanks either sold or put into reserve status.

Tracked vehicles

The Croatian Army relies on M-80A infantry fighting vehicles, of which there are 128 in service. These vehicles are deployed in two mechanized infantry battalions. Croatian MOD stated that the M-80 will be replaced at some point in the future and that there are no plans to modernize these vehicles. Due to increased defence expenditure, Croatian Government is considering a purchase of new infantry fighting vehicles, although previous SDP government was looking at Marder 1aweblink as an interim solution. Current government is keen on brand new vehicle, Croatian requirements call for 92 vehicles in standard IFV role armed with 30mm cannon or remote weapon station integrated with twin modern anti tank missile launchers, additionally unarmed 8 vehicles as armoured ambulance, 4 unarmed driver training vesicles, 8 unarmed armoured recovery vehicles and possibly same number of armed command vehicles. Most Likey choice is between Sweden's Combat Vehicle 90 and German's Puma IFV. Value of potential order might be in the region of 3 billion kuna, or €410 million. The likely purchase of new infantry vehicles won't happen before 2020.{| class="wikitable" bgcolor=aabccc!Model!!Image!!Type!!Origin!!Number!!DetailsBVP M-80>BVP M-80A (File:BVP M 80A.jpgInfantry Fighting Vehicle>IFV {{YUG}} 128 A total of 104 vehicles operational in two battalions, additional 24 converted or surplus units. Possible modernization of the fleet has been dismissed, replacement IFV will be known by late 2017 or mid 2018, 108 new vehicles are needed, 88 Infantry fighting vehicle armed with a turret supporting 30mm cannon and two modern anti tank guided missiles, 8 Armoured recover vehicles, 8 Armoured Ambulance and 4 command vehicles. Budget for said vehicles isn't know, it is estimated to be in the region of 1.5 billion kuna.

Wheeled armoured personnel vehicles

Since the purchase and equipping of 126 Patria AMV has been posing a significant financial strain on the military budget for quite some time now, the current needs of the Army are going to be met primarily by acquiring second-hand hardware from allied sources. NATO,WEB,weblink Archived copy, 2013-01-31,weblink" title="web.archive.org/web/20150923213305weblink">weblink 2015-09-23, dead, with the USA being the prime supplier of such vehicles. Previous needs for additional Patria IFVs and Iveco LMVs are now going to be met by introducing large numbers of Oshkosh M-ATVs of which 162 are to be introduced into service in 2014. Cost of the program is merely $10 million, with Croatian MOD only paying for the transport of said vehicles.{| class="wikitable" bgcolor=aabccc!Model!!Image!!Type!!Origin!!Number!!DetailsPatria AMV >150px) Armoured Personnel Carrier >| All units were delivered by mid-2013 but final fitting out and equipping to be concluded no sooner than 2016. An additional third battalion might be ordered after 2015 to fulfill all NATO obligations.Iveco LMV >150px) Infantry Mobility Vehicle >M1151>M1151 Up-Armored Capable HMMWVs and similar vehicles.M1151>M1151 Up-Armored Capable HMMWV (File:M1151.jpgInfantry Mobility Vehicle>IMV {{USA}} 93 The vehicles are mostly used by the International Security Assistance Force forces in Afghanistan, but at least 13 newly built units delivered in 2012 are home-based + additional 8 delivered in 2015 for total of 21.weblink 65 M1151s and 20 M1141 vehicles in service.HTTP://WWW.DEFENDER.HR/REPUBLIKA-HRVATSKA/ORUZANE-SNAGE/OD-LINICEVIH-REZOVA-OSRH-SPASAVAJU-JEDINO-AMERICKI-SAVEZNICI.PHPACCESSDATE=24 DECEMBER 2014ARCHIVE-DATE=24 DECEMBER 2014, dead, Oshkosh M-ATV >150px) Oshkosh M-ATV >M-ATV but additional 40 units were requested and approved by US Senate.HTTP://WWW.SLOBODNADALMACIJA.HR/HRVATSKA/TABID/66/ARTICLETYPE/ARTICLEVIEW/ARTICLEID/97695/DEFAULT.ASPX SLOBODNA DALMACIJA > HRVATSKA>PUBLISHER=WORK=HRVATSKA RADIOTELEVIZIJATITLE= CROATIA DISPLAYS NEW AFV FLEETS ACCESSDATE= 10 APRIL 2015, Additional 10 vehicles are still deployed in ISAF to return to Croatia in 2015 for total of 172 vehicles.HTTP://I.IMGUR.COM/SYBUWIE.JPG>TITLE=IMAGE: SYBUWIE.JPG, (2448 × 1836 PX)ACCESSDATE=28 SEPTEMBER 2015, International MaxxPro >150px) MRAP {{USA}} 40 A total of 30 vehicles are in Croatia and additional 4 in Afghanistan. Of the 30 MaxxPro vehicles received EDA, 21 are for the Croatian Army, 5 will join SFCOM, and 2 each will go into SCOM and the Military Police Regiment. 6 MaxPro Recovery VehiclesHTTP://VIJESTI.HRT.HR/HV-DOBIJA-30-MRAP-VOZILA-OTPORNIH-NA-MINE>TITLE=HRT: HV-U PREDANO 30 MRAP VOZILA - AMERIčKA DONACIJAWORK=HRVATSKA RADIOTELEVIZIJA, 24 December 2014, RG-33>150px) MRAP {{RSA}} 20 A total of 20 RG-33L (6x6) MRAP HAGA delivered and to enter service with SCOM during 2015. bgcoloraabccc">

Combat engineering vehicles{| class"wikitable" bgcoloraabccc

!Model!!Image!!Type!!Origin!!Number!!Details style="background:#efefef; color:black"M-84>M-84AI (File:M-84AI hrvatska.jpgArmoured Recovery Vehicle >| The last vehicle entered service in 2002.T-55>T-55TZI (File:TZI 55.jpgArmoured Recovery Vehicle >| The Croatian MoD is currently looking for a replacement.weblinkMaxxPro>MaxxPro Recovery Vehicle(File:M1249 military recovery vehicle debut DVIDS378055.jpgArmoured Recovery Vehicle >| Entered service in 2016.MT-55>MT-55A (File:MT-55A hrvatska.jpgArmoured vehicle-launched bridge>Armoured Bridge Vehicle {{CZS}} 2+ Additional bridge units are mounted on KrAZ 6x6 heavy trucks, currently awaiting replacement.weblinkPT-76>GSP-55 self-propelled amphibious ferry (File:GSP-55.jpgAmphibious vehicle>Amphibious Vehicle {{USSR}} 2 Only two operational and used with engineering unit. Awaiting replacement by modern NATO system.HTTPS://WWW.YOUTUBE.COM/WATCH?V=7_SLGN6COD4>TITLE=PRVI MIMOHOD ORUžANIH SNAGA REPUBLIKE HRVATSKE 30.05.1995ACCESSDATE=24 DECEMBER 2014, PTS (amphibious vehicle)>PTS-M (File:PTS-M hrvatska.jpgAmphibious vehicle>Amphibious Vehicle {{USSR}} 4 Actively participated in transport actions during the floods of 2014.PMP Floating Bridge>PMS (File:IFOR Hungarian Army truck.JPEGPontoon Bridge >| All are mounted on Tatra T813 8x8 trucks. Four systems seen at the parade, serving with engineering regiment, awaiting replacement by modern NATO system.JCB_Fastrac>150px) Loader_(equipment) >| Number of support and land clearing equipment purchased or donated by USweblinkDOK-ING>MV-4 (File:Interpolitex 2013 (534-38).jpgCombat engineer >| Used for demining operations.weblink

Anti-aircraft warfare

Under the newly proposed plan, the Croatian Army is set to revive its capability of hitting targets beyond the 10 km range. Current systems in service are all short-ranged with Strijela-10CROA1 (Croatian army's only SAM systems) having a maximum range of 7 km. The purchase of new systems will be highly dependent on price and support packages, with VL Mica, Crotale, SPYDER and NASAMS 2 being among most likely choices.{| class="wikitable" bgcolor=aabccc!Model!!Image!!Type!!Origin!!Number!!DetailsStrijela - 10CROA1 >150px) Short range air defense {{CRO}} 9 In 3 version.BOV APC>BOV 20/3 (File:BOV BSD (2).jpgSPAAG >| The triple M55 20mm anti-aircraft guns mounted on a BOV APC. The systems are set to remain in service due to their secondary role as heavily armed APCs.Bofors 40 mm>Bofors 40 mm L/70 (File:Bofors L60 IWM England.jpganti-aircraft autocannon >| Paired to Giraffe radars.9K38 Igla>150px) MANPADS {{USSR}} 67 9K32 Strela-2>9K32 Strela-2M (File:SA-7.jpgMANPADS >|
  • Although Croatia acquired the S-300 long-range surface-to-air missile system in 1994, and demonstrated some of its parts on the 1995 military parade, it is believed that the system was never fully completed and operational although the training of crews was sought as late as 1998. Some sources claim that the weapon was subsequently handed-over to the United States or Israel in 2002–2004. However, officials still claim that the system is stored somewhere in Croatia.

Anti-tank weapons

The Croatian Army has relied heavily on Russian and domestically made anti-tank systems and rocket-propelled grenades, many of which by modern standards are obsolete or inadequate. The procurement of modern anti-tank system is being addressed and current plans call for the purchase of several dozen launchers for Patria AMVs which are to be fully integrated with 30mm license-built Kongsberg RWS. Swedish AT4 systems are viewed as the future unguided anti-tank weapon of the Army and a certain number of these has already entered service. The unguided M80s are being relegated to reserve status while the other domestically manufactured RPG weapon, RL90 M95 is set to remain in active service for some time. Spike and Javlin being main contenders for Croatian army choice of next generation anti tank missile systems replacing older soviet made systems currently in service. up to €20 million order for launchers will be made in 2017, with up to 64 launchers being delivered to army, of which up to 16 will be LR or mounted to a 30mm RWS turret developed by Kongsberg. Longer term Croatian army requirements call for 200~ launchers including infantry and vehicle mounted.WEB,weblink MINISTAR U AKCIJI Kotromanović poništio pokušaj namještanja posla Izraelcima - Jutarnji.hr, jutarnji.hr, 28 September 2015, {| class="wikitable" bgcolor=aabccc!Model!!Image!!Type!!Origin!!Number!!DetailsSpike (missile)>Spike LR (File:SPIKE_ATGM.jpganti tank missile >| Initial purchase of up to 20 launchers, simulator and unknown quantity of missiles to initially equip 8 Patria AMV in Croatian army service. 32 Patria will eventually undergo similar upgrade. Currently Croatian Army has requirement for 200+ Launchers and at least 1000+ missiles to replace current stock of Soviet anti tank missiles in service with the infantry formations. However, beyond initial 20 launchers, no clear indication when the additional launchers might be purchasedweblink9К115-2 Metis-M>9К115-2 Metis-M/9K115 Metis (File:Antitank missile system Metis-M1.jpgwire-guided anti-tank missile >| System purchased from Russia and Ukraine in early 1990s, during the war of Croatian Independence, 54 launchers and over 300 missiles in service.9M113 Konkurs >150px) wire-guided anti-tank missile {{USSR}} 42 System purchased from Russia and Ukraine in early 1990s, during the war of Croatian Independence, 42 launchers and over 300 missiles in service.HTTP://WWW.MORH.HR/HR/VIJESTI-NAJAVE-I-PRIOPCENJA/VIJESTI/8446-BOJEVO-GADANJE-PROTUOKLOPNIM-RAKETNIM-SUSTAVIMA-NA-GASINCIMA.HTML>TITLE=BOJEVO GAđANJE PROTUOKLOPNIM RAKETNIM SUSTAVIMA NA GAšINCIMA – MINISTARSTVO OBRANE RHPUBLISHER=TITLE=IMAGE: GADJANJE_23082013_V.JPG, (1200 × 900 PX)ACCESSDATE=28 SEPTEMBER 2015, To be replaced by Javelin or Eurospike at some point in near future.9K111 Fagot >150px) wire-guided anti-tank missile {{USSR}} 119 300 launchers and 3000 missiles delivered in 90s, only 119 operational, the rest in reserve status. Awaiting replacement by a modern tandem warhead anti tank system.9K11 Malyutka >150px) wire-guided anti-tank missile {{USSR}} 216 216 modernized launchers/missiles integrated with M-83 Polo armoured vehicle with 6 launchers installed per each vehicle and with 18 vehicles deployed per each combat brigade, complete withdrawal from service by end of 2016, to be replaced by modern tandem warhead system after 2015. FGM-148 Javelin and Spike (missile)>EuroSpike are being considered as a replacement, with Javelin having considerable advantage due to commonality issue with Patria AMV 30mm ATGM RWS turrets.M79 Rocket Launcher>RL90 M95 (File:Лансер М79 Оса.jpgRocket-propelled grenade>RPG {{YUG}} 770 over 1500 systems available, with 770 in service deployed with 4-6 with each combat platoon. To be phased out by 2017 and kept in reserve, replaced entirely by Swedish made Carl Gustav recoilless rifle or similar western system after 2020.AT4 >150px) Rocket-propelled grenade >978-0-7106-2869-5}}.AGM-114 Hellfire >150px) air-to-surface missile {{USA}} 32+ 32 on order 32 air/helicopter launchers and number of missiles where purchased as part of OH 58D purchaseweblink 32 new Hellfire missiles purchased as part of $3.2 million contract with US manufacturer. This is 2nd such purchase of same number of missiles. Croatia currently has stock of 32 missiles, with pending delivery for 32 more, requirements calls for at least 128 missiles plus number of training missilesweblink

Artillery

With the end of the conflict in Croatia at the end of 1995 Croatia inherited large stockpile of Yugoslav era weapons systems. Decision was made to modify two battalions of D-30 HR M94 Soviet-made artillery systems to be compatible with NATO firing tables as an interim and cheap solution, with rest of the artillery stockpile kept in prepared state of reediness.The situation is very dire, with the Croatian Army having no artillery system capable of hitting targets beyond 20 km, to avert what was a serious shortcoming the Croatian MOD placed an order for modern NATO artillery system with capability that can exceeds 20 km range requirement. According to media reports, the Croatian MOD chose to purchase 12+3 Panzerhaubitze 2000 (or one battalion) howitzers from the German Army stock for $48 million. The system ended their deliveries in 2018, and all the support infrastructure required including training and logistic and supply trucks.German Howitzers Transferred To Croatia, in ''Defence24.comPzH 2000 in service with the Croatian Armed Force, in Hrvatski vojnik.hrWEB,weblink Kotromanovićev shopping za 275 milijuna za HV – Jutarnji.hr, 24 December 2014, WEB,weblink SAD besplatno oprema Hrvatsku vojsku > Slobodna Dalmacija > Spektar, 24 December 2014,weblink" title="web.archive.org/web/20141224172645weblink">weblink 24 December 2014, dead, bgcoloraabccc">

Mortars{| class"wikitable" bgcoloraabccc

!Model!!Image!!Type!!Caliber!!Origin!!Number!!Details style="background:#efefef; color:black"M57 mortar>M57 (File:60mm mortar round being launch.JPGMortar (weapon)>Mortar 60mm {{YUG}} 69 1253 kept in reserve mortar has effective range of 3500m with standard projectile. Mortar underwent modification to meet NATO requirements.M96 mortar>M96 (File:Mortar 82mm M-69 Croatian Army.JPGMortar (weapon)>Mortar 82mm {{YUG}} 69 360 kept in reserve, improved copy of the Yugoslav M69 mortar Mortar has 5600m effective range with a standard projectile, 4200m illuminating projectile and 4800m with light anti armour projectile. Mortar underwent modification to meet NATO requirements.M75 mortar>M75 (File:Mortar 120 mm M-75 Croatian Army.JPGMortar (weapon)>Mortar 120mm {{YUG}} 43 201 kept in reserve Mortar has 9500m effective range with a standard round projectile, and 5500m with illuminating projectile. Mortar underwent modification to meet NATO requirements.

Towed howitzers

{| class="wikitable" bgcolor=aabccc!Model!!Image!!Type!!Caliber!!Origin!!Number!!DetailsM116 howitzer>75 mm M116 howitzer (File:Topnička bitnica.jpgHowitzer>| of 57 artillery pieces only 12 are kept in active service primarily as ceremonial cannons, remaining cannons to be phased out by the end of 2015/6.M101 howitzer>M56/M101 (File:M101-105mm-howitzer-camp-pendleton-20050326.jpgHowitzer>| Some are US and some Yugoslav-built under license. Some 44 kept in reserve with additional 4 used for training. Last ammunition check was conducted in October, 2015weblink122 mm howitzer 2A18 (D-30)>D-30 RH M94 (File:Artilleryman of the Afghan National Army.jpgHowitzer>NATO commonality standards. One is in a museum and 3 loaned to NATO's Joint Multinational Training Centre in Hohenfels in Germany for extend time.HTTP://BALKANMONITOR.WORDPRESS.COM/CATEGORY/NATO/PUBLISHER=PUBLISHER=HRVATSKI-VOJNIK.HR, 28 September 2015, 130 mm towed field gun M1954 (M-46) >150px) Howitzer 130mm {{USSR}} 19 To be kept serviceable for the reserve forces. Two units took part in the military parade in 2015. Last ammunition check was conducted in October, 2015. CITER 155mm L33 Gun >150px) Howitzer 155mm {{ARG}} 18 All systems operational.HTTP://WWW.HRVATSKI-VOJNIK.HR/HRVATSKI-VOJNIK/4352013/UBS.ASP>ARCHIVE-URL=HTTPS://WEB.ARCHIVE.ORG/WEB/20150205032814/HTTP://WWW.HRVATSKI-VOJNIK.HR/HRVATSKI-VOJNIK/4352013/UBS.ASPARCHIVE-DATE=5 FEBRUARY 2015ACCESSDATE=28 SEPTEMBER 2015, bgcoloraabccc">

Self-propelled howitzers{| class"wikitable" bgcoloraabccc

!Model!!Image!!Type!!Caliber!!Origin!!Number!!DetailsPanzerhaubitze 2000 >150px) Self-propelled howitzer 155mm {{GER}} 15+Simulator Ordered from German Army reserve stock, the $54 million contract for 12 (plus three for spare parts) howitzers includes modernization and upgrade to said howitzers with support equipment, spare parts and training simulator included. With delivery starting in 2015, with the first 6 to join the Croatian Army in the second half of 2015 and the remaining vehicles to be delivered after a general overhaul by the German Army in mid-2016/7.HTTP://WWW.DNEVNO.HR/VIJESTI/HRVATSKA/99104-FOTO-VOJNA-VJEZBA-HRVATSKE-KOPNENE-VOJSKE-I-AMERICKIH-ZRACNIH-SNAGA.HTML>TITLE=FOTO: VOJNA VJEžBA HRVATSKE KOPNENE VOJSKE I AMERIčKIH ZRAčNIH SNAGA | DNEVNO.HRACCESSDATE=28 SEPTEMBER 2015ARCHIVE-DATE=6 OCTOBER 2013WORK=VEčERNJI.HRPUBLISHER=PUBLISHER=YOUTUBE.COM, 28 September 2015, 2S1 Gvozdika >150px) Self-propelled howitzer 122mm {{USSR}} 9 Due to be augmented by 12 Panzerhaubitze 2000 and possibly replaced by 6 additional PzH2000 in the long term. Plan for limited modernization the system including installation of NATO compatible combat and communication equipment. 6 systems in use and 3 used as spare. To form armoured self-propelled artillery battalion.

Rocket artillery

{| class="wikitable" bgcolor=aabccc!Model!!Image!!Type!!Caliber!!Origin!!Number!!DetailsM-63 Plamen>RAK-12 (File:VLR 128 mm RAK 12 M91 080810 24.jpgMultiple Rocket Launcher>Towed multiple rocket launcher 128mm {{CRO}} 68 Some 8 systems are in active service while additional 60 are kept in reserve status.BM-21#Romania>APR–40 (File:APR-40-beyt-hatotchan-2.jpgMultiple Rocket Launcher>Mobile Multiple Rocket Launcher 122mm {{flagicon1965}} Socialist Republic of Romania 31 Ordered from Romania in 1992–1993. Replacement by modern NATO system is a priority under new defence white paper, no mention of what system would replace current Multiple launch Systems in service, talks are being held with US and German governments on possible purchase of M270 Multiple Launch Rocket System (M270 MLRS), Croatian requirements call for initially 8 systems to form a two battery teams at independent Artillery regiment, with potential for further 16 systems to equip 2 active brigades for total of 24 systems + simulators and training aids. Number of systems Croatian Army might purchase will solely depend on price of the entire purchase and delivery dates, Croatian Defence budget has set aside some 200 million kuna or $32 million for this program, although it is likely said systems might be donated by the US for symbolic price in turn Croatian MOD paying only VAT for said vehicles in which case price tag might be negligible and affordable.M-77 Oganj>M-92 VulkanHTTPS://HRVATSKI-VOJNIK.HR/MULTIMEDIJA/VIDEOPRILOZI/VOJNE-VJEZBE/ITEM/1660-GADANJE-SVLR-M-92-VULKAN.HTML>TITLE=GAđANJE SVLR M-92 VULKANACCESSDATE=27 FEBRUARY 2018, (File:M92 vulkan.jpgMultiple Rocket Launcher>Mobile Multiple Rocket Launcher 122mm {{flagiconCroatia >PUBLISHER=, 27 February 2018,

Unmanned aerial vehicle

{| class="wikitable" bgcolor=aabccc!Model!!Image!!Type!!Origin!!Number!!DetailsElbit Skylark >150px) UAV {{ISR}} 20+ System purchased from Israel in 2000s.Aeronautics Defense Orbiter>Aeronautics Orbiter 3b (File:16 rocznica powstania GROM 17.jpgUAV >| System purchased from Israel in 2019. The latest variant Orbiter 3b. Wingspan: 4,4m. Range: 150km, Endurance: 6 hours

Logistical transports and multitask vehicles

The logistic component of the Croatian Army is being renewed continuously and over the past decade a number of new vehicle have been procured. Stated requirement calls for 1,250 5-10 ton military trucks, 550 4WD Jeeps of all sorts and a number of other support and utility vehicles. In recent times, the Croatian MOD has signed procurement agreements with MAN, Iveco, Mercedes and Astra Iveco. Most notably in recent history was a corruption affair that resulted in the dismissal and subsequent custodial sentence for former defence minister Berislav Rončević who "approved procurement of 33 Iveco Astra Military Trucks at inflated price without holding a public procurement tender that is a standard procedure in any major defence procurement program".weblinkThe Croatian MoD has since purchased a number of new military trucks and 4WD vehicles through public procurement program; the latest being a 2011 procurement of some 80 Mercedes, MAN Trucks and 120 Toyota and Nissan 4WD vehicles. Although, as of late 2012, nearly half of the Croatian Army's logistics inventory is obsolete or near obsolete and in need of a replacement.WEB,weblink Odbor za obranu o Godišnjem izvješću o spremnosti, Obrana i sigurnost, 24 December 2014, As of late 2012, the Croatian Army lacks some 400 Military trucks of all sorts. Also, many vehicles in the current stock are quite obsolete and in need of replacing. The problem is furthermore escalated by the fact that the Defence Budget for 2013 has been slashed by 250 million kuna, further reducing the probability of the Croatian Army receiving new logistic vehicles.The Croatian Army is now looking to acquire some German Army surplus stock, in good condition and available for use; 300–400 Army trucks are needed and it is likely they will all come from German Army surplus –most of them MAN KAT1 army trucks– and other unspecified vehicles indeed.

Trucks and multiuse vehicles

Currently the army is seeking to acquire a number of 5t, 7.5t and 12.5 ton trucks. Due to a shortage of funds, purchase of brand new equipment is difficult, although the army annually receives up to several dozen brand new specialist vehicles. When possible, the army tries to obtain 2nd hand vehicles from German, or other NATO member surplus stock. The army has a requirement for 1500 trucks of all sorts, however currently it lacks at least 500 trucks and heavy goods vehicles.{| class="wikitable" bgcolor=aabccc Military multiuse vehicles!Model!!Image!!Type!!Origin!!Number!!DetailsIveco>Iveco 5T Transport Truck (File:Kamion Iveco Eurocargo - veza (HV).jpgTruck classification#European Union>Medium cargo truck, Cab forward {{ITA}} 120+ initial order of 39 vehicles made in 2005 and subsequent order for additional 80 vehicles in 2008 and 2009. Currently over 120 vehicles in service. Tovarna avtomobilov Maribor>TAM (File:Croatian Army Truck.jpgFlatbed truck>Utility Truck, Cab forward {{YUG}} 600~ large number of these trucks in various configurations still serve in many roles within Croatian Army, they're being replaced by modern models but, due to defence cutbacks, these vehicles are likely to remain in service for the foreseeable future. These vehicles are, in many cases, now over 40 years old; replacement is sought when and where possible.Torpedo TK 130 >150px) Flatbed truck, Cab forward >| large number of these trucks in various configurations still serve in many roles within Croatian Army, they're being replaced by modern models but, due to defence cutbacks, these vehicles are likely to remain in service for the foreseeable future. MAN KAT1>LkW MAN 5t MIL GL 4x4 (File:Bundeswehr MAN 5to.gl.jpgFlatbed truck>5T Troop transport, Cab forward {{GER}} 37 Initial purchase of 27 German Army trucks that were stored and now being refurbished for Croatian Army. In 2015, MoD bought 10 more trucks from German surpluses, in accordance with the 2013 Framework Agreement on the purchase of used trucks and containers from the surplus of the German Armed Forces.HTTP://DEFENDER.HR/REPUBLIKA-HRVATSKA/ORUZANE-SNAGE/MORH-TRAZI-HITAN-REMONT-NJEMACKIH-KAMIONA-LKW-MAN-5T-MIL-GL-4X4.PHP>TITLE=MORH TRAžI HITAN REMONT 27 NJEMAčKIH KAMIONA LKW MAN 5T MIL GL 4X4ARCHIVE-URL=HTTPS://WEB.ARCHIVE.ORG/WEB/20141224165311/HTTP://DEFENDER.HR/REPUBLIKA-HRVATSKA/ORUZANE-SNAGE/MORH-TRAZI-HITAN-REMONT-NJEMACKIH-KAMIONA-LKW-MAN-5T-MIL-GL-4X4.PHPURL-STATUS=DEAD, HTTP://WWW.ZASLIKE.COM/FILES/GRRC129SBD300W4ELO6X.JPG>TITLE=IMAGE: GRRC129SBD300W4ELO6X.JPG, (2048 × 1158 PX)ACCESSDATE=28 SEPTEMBER 2015, HTTP://WWW.ZASLIKE.COM/FILES/IUQJ30G7UGWU7VAGB1VW.JPG>TITLE=IMAGE: IUQJ30G7UGWU7VAGB1VW.JPG, (2048 × 1158 PX)ACCESSDATE=28 SEPTEMBER 2015, HTTPS://VLADA.GOV.HR/USERDOCSIMAGES/SJEDNICE/2016/18%20SJEDNICA%20VLADE/18%20-%208.PDF>TITLE=GODIšNJE IZVJEšćE O OBRANI ZA 2015ACCESSDATE=26 FEBRUARY 2018, MAN KAT1>LkW MAN 7t MIL GL 6x6 (File:Man elefant sst.jpgFlatbed truck>7T Troop transport, Cab forward {{GER}} 5 In 2015, MoD bought 5 trucks from German surpluses, in accordance with the 2013 Framework Agreement on the purchase of used trucks and containers from the surplus of the German Armed Forces.HTTPS://VLADA.GOV.HR/USERDOCSIMAGES/SJEDNICE/2016/18%20SJEDNICA%20VLADE/18%20-%208.PDF>TITLE=GODIšNJE IZVJEšćE O OBRANI ZA 2015ACCESSDATE=26 FEBRUARY 2018, MAN KAT1>LkW MAN 10t MIL GL 8x8 (File:MULTI.JPGFlatbed truck>10T Troop transport, Cab forward {{GER}} 5 In 2015, MoD bought 5 trucks from German surpluses, in accordance with the 2013 Framework Agreement on the purchase of used trucks and containers from the surplus of the German Armed Forces.HTTPS://VLADA.GOV.HR/USERDOCSIMAGES/SJEDNICE/2016/18%20SJEDNICA%20VLADE/18%20-%208.PDF>TITLE=GODIšNJE IZVJEšćE O OBRANI ZA 2015ACCESSDATE=26 FEBRUARY 2018, MAN SE>MAN Tank Transporter (File:Vojni kamion - labudica (ZG Praška).jpgTractor unit>40T Truck Tank Transporter, Cab forward {{GER}} 16 16 older MAN units in service, being replaced by modern equivalent soon.Astra (company)>Astra Trucks (File:2june 2007 561.jpgFlatbed truck>Medium Utility Vehicle, Cab forward {{ITA}} 12~ Standard utility vehicle of the Croatian Army, 33 units ordered in 2004, all delivered and in service. Iveco Trekker chosen as a heavy truck, future orders unlikely.weblinkDAF NV>DAF Trucks (File:Croatian Army Truck (2).jpg4WD/Flatbed truck>Medium Utility Vehicle, Cab forward {{NED}} 20~ Standard utility vehicle of the Croatian Army; 60 units received from the Dutch Army reserve stock in 2001, however only 20 or so remain in service.Mercedes-Benz Actros >150px) Six-wheel drive and Eight-wheel drive>8x8 Tractor unit, Cab forward >| Standard heavy utility vehicle of the Croatian Army, 40 units ordered in 2010, all delivered and in service by mid-2012. Iveco chosen as preferred heavy truck over Mercedes, Scania, Volvo, Renault and MAN. bgcoloraabccc Military 4WD vehicles">

Military jeeps{| class"wikitable" bgcoloraabccc Military 4WD vehicles

!Model!!Image!!Type!!Origin!!Number!!DetailsToyota Landcruiser >150px) 4WD/Light utility vehicle/Military light utility vehicle >| 150 Ordered in 2008 and delivered in 2010, half went to other government departments, including the Ministry of the Interior. All are in good serviceable condition; it is a standard utility vehicle in service with the Croatian Army and other governmental agencies of Croatia.Mercedes G >150px) 4WD/Light utility vehicle/Military light utility vehicle {{GER}} 320+ Standard utility vehicle of the Croatian Army, 250 units ordered in 2002/3, all delivered and in service. An additional 74 vehicles ordered in 2008 and delivered in 2010. Further deliveries in 2015 and 2017, to replace the oldest vehicle in service.Land Rover Wolf >150px) 4WD/Military light utility vehicle {{GRB}} 32~ Primarily used by the Croatian Army's special forces and military police; many transferred to the Croatian Police. Of the 200 ordered in 1998, only 32 remain in service with the armed forces; some 120 transferred to civilian use, many ending up with the MUP, ministry of interior in various roles, some with Croatian Mountain Rescue Service and some with Border Patrol Units.weblinkweblink bgcoloraabccc Civilian multiuse vehicles">

Multiuse vehicles{| class"wikitable" bgcoloraabccc Civilian multiuse vehicles

!Model!!Image!!Type!!Origin!!Number!!DetailsIveco Trakker >150px) Flatbed truck and Tractor unit>heavy trucks, cab forward {{ITA}} 120+ initial order of a half a dozen or so vehicles made in 2007. Most are used along with the MAN Trucks for heavy transporter role.weblinkweblink Chosen as the main heavy truck for Croatian Army Service. To replace older FAP, TAM and MAN trucks in service with the Army. The quantity of these vehicles has increased year by year, but due to shortage of funds major purchases are avoided. Currently about a dozen or so new vehicles are ordered and delivered each year. Iveco Daily >150px) Box truck >| Initial order of a half a dozen or so vehicles made in 2007. Most are used along with the FAP and TAM medium trucks for a logistical transporter role. To replace older FAP, TAM and Zastava aging trucks in service with the Army. Number to vehicles to rise; however, due to shortage of funds, major purchases are avoided. Currently about a dozen or so new vehicles are ordered and delivered each year. Ford Cargo >150px) List of truck types >PUBLISHER=OBRIS.ORG, 2 May 2019, Nissan Navara >150px) 4WD/pickup truck {{JPN}} 250+ Standard utility vehicle of the Croatian Army, 80 units ordered in 2010, all delivered and in service by mid-2012. Additional vehicles ordered to replace older vehicles currently in service. Currently over 250 in service with the armed forces.weblinkweblink

Withdrawn from service or in storage

    • FN FAL 7.62×51mm 5,000 stored to be sold off
    • Zastava M84 7.62×54mmR, totally phased out and replaced by Western systems.
    • Zastava M76, 7.92×57mm sniper rifle was phased out entirely replaced by Remington and SAKO in service with the Army.
    • M80 "Zolja" RPG – phased out due to dwindling stock, replaced by AT4
    • T-55A withdrawal of over 280 units started in 2006 with a dozen or so tanks used for training until late 2009, but even that is no longer the case due to shortage of funds and all units have now been withdrawn and awaiting disposal.
    • M-47 Patton (16) (2 in the local army museum and rest are target practice)
    • M60P/M60SAN (45) (Yugoslav-made APCs – scrap heap and two in the local army museum)
    • BRDM-2
    • BTR-60 (16) (2 in the local army museum, scrap heap)
    • ZSU-57-2 (2) (target practice)
    • M53/59 Praga (24) (2 in the local army museum, scrap heap)
    • MT-LB (10) 2 in local museum, rest scrapped and replaced by Patria AMV
    • M-63 Plamen 128mm Towed MRL – retired due to lack of ammunition and costly upkeep, no spare parts for the system
    • M-94 'Plamen S 128mm MRL – no longer fit for purpose, retired and awaiting disposal
    • M-87 Orkan MRL 260mm, Captured during Battle of the Barracks in 1991, systems are kept in reserve status due to lack of proper ammunition.
    • RPG-7 Systesm retired but some might be used by army reserve and for training purposes only.
    • RPG-22 system replaced by AT4 and other RPGs currently in use with the Army.
    • M-84 Nora A

See also

{{commons category|Army of Croatia}}

References and notes

{{Reflist}}{{Military of Croatia}}{{Croatia topics|state=collapsed}}{{Armies in Europe}}{{NATO Land Forces}}

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