US Government Donates 16 Kiowa Helicopters to Croatia
On 25 February, the Ministry of Defence and representatives of the US government signed a contract for the project of equipping the Croatian Armed Forces (OSRH) with 16 OH-58D Kiowa Warrior helicopters from the US War Replacement Aircraft (WRA) programme, following the approval of the Sabor Defence Committee.
The helicopters were declared surplus of the US Armed Forces and are part of the US donation of military equipment and weaponry to Croatia. They will be used for border control, defence and international operations. The total value of the donation, including the aircraft, three training simulators, additional goods/services and VAT, is €37.5 million, with some €13.1 million to be provided by the US government through the US financial assistance funds.
The delivery is expected by the end of 2016.