Israel Signs $35 Million Weapons System Deal With Montenegro

The three-year contract to supply vehicle—mounted weapons systems costs nearly half of the small NATO state's military expenditure per year

Montenegrin Defense Minister Predrag Boskovic speaks and gestures during an interview in Montenegro's capital Podgorica, November 11, 2019.
Risto Bozovic,AP

The Israeli Defense Ministry has signed a three-year, $35 million contract with its counterpart in Montenegro to have Israeli defense electronics company Elbit Systems supply Remote Controlled Weapons Stations (RCWS) to the Montenegro Armed Forces - a significant transaction for the Balkan country of about 600,000, which according to NATO statistics has a military expenditure of $80 million per year.

The systems will be installed on Oshkosh Defense 4X4 vehicles. Elbit will be responsible for installing the weapons station onto the vehicle for a period of three years, and will provide logistical support for seven years.

Elbit Systems’ 12.7mm RCWS is mounted externally onboard armored vehicles. It allows for accurate firing while in motion, and is operated via handles and smart displays by the gunner from within the vehicle.

Elbit Systems Land Division General Manager Yehuda Vered said, “We are very proud to introduce our RCWS to the Montenegro Ground Army. This recent achievement further expands our NATO customer base and strengthens our growing cooperation with Oshkosh. We are witnessing a growing demand worldwide for our RCWS, of which many hundreds are already operational onboard a range of land and naval platforms.”

Brig. Gen. (res.) Yair Kulas, Chief of the International Defense Cooperation Directorate with Israel’s Defense Ministry, said: “We hope to expand cooperation and exchanges of knowledge with our partners from Montenegro, and hope to open possibilities with additional NATO member nations.”

Montenegro’s Defense Minister Predrag Boskovic arrived in Israel this week to sign the agreement, saying that they chose the Israeli Defense Ministry and Elbit “after a detailed market survey, based on the technical features and the operational requirements of the Montenegro Armed Forces. Israel’s experience and technological solutions in this field make it a reliable partner.”