Israel and Montenegro on Monday signed a $22 million defense agreement for the latter’s acquisition of Elbit Systems-made weapons including mortar munition systems and training equipment.
As part of the contract, the Haifa-based Elbit Systems will supply 120 mm mortar munition systems that can be mounted on 4×4 armored vehicles as well as the training of soldiers and officers at the Elbit-IMI Academy in Israel.
Maj. Gen. (res.) Eyal Zamir, director general of the Israeli Defense Minister, approved the government-to-government deal. Brig. Gen. (res.) Yair Kulas, director of the ministry’s International Defense Cooperation Directorate (SIBAT), and Col. Vladan Martic, director of logistics in the Montenegro Ministry of Defense, signed the agreement in a ceremony held at the Kirya military headquarters in Tel Aviv.
“This marks the third agreement with our partners in Montenegro since bolstering our defense relations in 2019 and is a great expression of confidence in the Israeli defense industry,” said Kulas. “Montenegro is a partner and ally of Israel and faces complex security challenges like other European countries. Israeli defense industries are able to provide them with technological solutions of the highest standard.”
Yehuda Vered, general manager of Elbit Systems’ Land Division, said, “Elbit Systems is proud to take part in partnership between Israel and Montenegro. Elbit’s solutions provide the optimal response to the growing needs in Europe. We are committed to providing both products and professional service at the highest level to our partners and customers.”
In December 2019, Elbit Systems announced that following the signing of a historic contract between the defense ministries of Israel and Montenegro, the company had won a $35 million contract to supply Remote Controlled Weapon Stations (RCWS) for integration into the U.S.-manufactured Joint Light Tactical Vehicles (JLTV) operated by the country’s armed forces.