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Montenegro buying Israeli Spear mortar systems for its JLTVs

JLTV SPEAR Photo: Elbit Systems

Montenegro is buying Elbit-made weapons including mortar munition systems and training equipment under a contract valued at approximately €20 million.

Announced by the Israeli company on Monday, the deal is part of a defense export agreement signed between Israel and Montenegro.

Maj. Gen. Eyal Zamir, the Director General of the Israel Ministry of Defense, has given his approval to a government-to-government (GTG) agreement between the ministries. This marks the third such agreement between the two countries in recent years.

Elbit Systems will supply 120mm mortar munition systems (SPEAR) for Montenegro’s Joint Light Tactical Vehicles (JLTV) and provide training at the Elbit-IMI Academy in Israel.

Brig. Gen. (Res.) Yair Kulas of SIBAT in the Israel Ministry of Defense and Col. Vladan Martic of the Montenegro Ministry of Defence signed the agreement at the IMoD HQ 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 the Director of SIBAT, Brig. Gen. (Res.) Yair 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 (Udi) Vered, General Manager of Elbit Systems Land 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.”

The JLTV SPEAR is a vehicle that is compatible with all types of qualified 120mm smooth bore ammunition. Elbit says the system achieves a high level of accuracy through integrated GPS and INS systems.