MONTENEGRO - Israel Signs Multi-Million Dollar Defense Deal

Arno Froese

Israel and Montenegro have signed a first government-to-government (GTG) agreement awarding Elbit Systems a contract worth approximately $35 million to provide Remote Control Weapon Stations (RCWS) for their new joint light tactical vehicles.

“This first GTG agreement is welcomed and applauded by all of us at the Defense Ministry, as a stepping stone to expanding and deepening our cooperation with the State of Montenegro, a strategic NATO ally and a friend to the State of Israel,” Brig.-Gen. Yair Kulas said.

The deal awards Elbit a contract for the acquisition of RCWS, which will be integrated into joint light tactical vehicles (JLTVs) manufactured in the US by Oshkosh.

According to Elbit, the 12.7 mm. RCWS is lightweight, low silhouette, dual axis and stabilized, mounted externally on board armored vehicles. It allows for accurate firing while on the move and is operated by handlers and Smart Displays by the gunner from inside the vehicle, providing the crew full protection from outside threats.

Montenegrin Minister of Defense Pedrag Boskovic said the deal was signed following detailed market research and in accordance with the required technical characteristics of the RCWS.

“The experience and technological improvement of Israel in the field of defense make the country a credible partner for establishing an appropriate cooperation in this area,” he said.

-www.jpost.com, 16 December 2019

Arno's commentary

Montenegro’s population is 628,000. Per capita GDP stands at $17,800. The country is bordered on the west by the Adriatic Sea, on the north by Croatia and Bosnia-Herzegovina, on the east by Serbia, and the south by Kosovo and Albania. With so many neighbors, and most not developed, defense is a real issue.

Like all developing countries, the import/export balance sheet is lopsided: exports $222 million, imports $2.6 billion. The nation is diverse with 45% Montenegrin, 28.7% Serbian, 8.7% Bosnian, and 4.9% Albanian. Likewise, language is diverse: 43% Serbian, 37% Montenegrin, 6.4% Bosnian, and 5.3% Albanian. Only time will reveal the result of forming a nation with such diversity. Religiously, the division stands at 72% Orthodox Christian, 19% Muslim, and 3.4% Catholic. Officially, the country was established on 3 June 2006, when they declared their independence from Serbia. With Israel’s help, at least security can be properly established.

Arno Froese is the executive director of Midnight Call Ministries and editor-in-chief of the acclaimed prophetic magazines Midnight Call and News From Israel. He has authored a number of well-received books, and has sponsored many prophecy conferences in the U.S., Canada, and Israel. His extensive travels have contributed to his keen insight into Bible prophecy, as he sees it from an international perspective.

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