Another Major Defense Export Agreement with a Member of NATO

Israel and Montenegro have signed an initial agreement for the selling of Remotely Controlled Weapon Stations (RCWSs) by Elbit Systems, on the scope of more than 100 million ILS


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Israel has signed yet another defense export agreement on the scope of dozens of millions of ILS. During a ceremony held at the Israel Ministry of Defense (IMOD) in Tel-Aviv yesterday (Sunday), the Minister of Defense of Montenegro, Predrag Bošković, and the Director General of IMOD, Major General (res.) Udi Adam, signed an initial agreement between the countries. The agreement covers the exportation of Remotely Controlled Weapon Stations (RCWSs) manufactured by Elbit Systems for the ground forces of Montenegro, on the scope of more than 100 million ILS.

"The RCWSs," IMOD sources explain, "Will be fitted to armored 4x4 JLTVs (Joint Light Tactical Vehicles) by Oshkosh of USA. They will enable accurate firing on the move and will be controlled through handles and smart displays by the gunner from within the vehicle, thereby providing full protection for the entire crew, whose members will remain inside the protected vehicle."

In the context of the contract between the two countries, Elbit Systems will provide full integration of the RCWSs with the JLTVs over a period of 3 years, plus logistic support for a period of 7 years.

The Head of IMOD's SIBAT (Defense Exports & Cooperation) Division, Brigadier General (res.) Yair Kulas, referred to the new agreement and said: "This is the first agreement between IMOD and the Republic of Montenegro, a country that is a partner and ally of Israel. Montenegro, like other countries in Europe, faces complex defense challenges for which the Israeli defense industries can provide technological solutions of the highest order. We look forward to furthering the cooperation and exchange of know-how with our partners from Montenegro and hope for the opening of additional opportunities vis-à-vis other members of NATO as well."

The Minister of Defense of Montenegro, Predrag Bošković, explained why his country chose Israel: "We selected the Israeli proposal by IMOD and Elbit Systems following a detailed market survey, according to the technical characteristics and operational requirements of the Montenegrin military. The experience and technological solutions of the State of Israel in this field position it as a loyal partner."

"We are very proud of the assimilation of our weapon stations by the Montenegrin ground forces," said Yehuda (Udi) Vered, EVP and GM of Elbit Systems' Land & TAAS Division, "This win expands our clientele among the members of NATO and enhances our growing cooperation with the Oshkosh Corporation. We are witnessing a growth in global demand for our weapon stations, of which hundreds have already become operational on an extensive range of ground and naval platforms, and believe that additional clients will also acquire our cutting-edge and mature systems," said Vered.