North Macedonia buys 54 Stryker armored vehicles for $210M

WASHINGTON, (BM) – The United States will sell 54 Stryker armored fighting vehicles to North Macedonia’s government at an estimated cost of $ 210 million, BulgarianMilitary.com has learned. The Defense Security Cooperation Agency has officially confirmed the information.

North Macedonia buys 54 Stryker armored vehicles for $210M
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The amount quoted by the agency also includes the purchase of M1126 infantry carriers, M1130 command vehicles (CV), and M1129 mortar carriers (MCV). Northern Macedonia will acquire another M2A1 .50 cal machine guns; M6 grenade launchers and associated spare parts; Harris radios; standard remote-controlled weapon station (CROWS); secure advanced GPS receiver.

The $ 210m deal guarantees Skopje the use of various spare parts and components for the ordered weapons and multiple stages of training. According to the Defense Security Cooperation Agency, this sale does support a NATO ally and the right step to ensure political and economic stability in Europe.

General Dynamics Land Systems is the company in charge of the production and delivery of the ordered equipment. The United States guarantees that during and after delivering the summoned weapons, Northern Macedonia will receive support from representatives of all subcontractors who will send their representatives to Skopje.

North Macedonia became a NATO member last year

Last year in March, North Macedonia becomes the 30th NATO member. After the Spanish Senate, it has ratified a video record of NATO’s membership of NATO in North Macedonia. The organization’s secretary-general Jens Stoltenberg announced the same day. Spain was the last country to give its consent for NATO to join NATO.

The Protocol of Accession of North Macedonia to NATO was signed by the Permanent Representatives of the 29 Member States on 6 February 2019. The document then went through a ratification process in each country.

Greece was the first to ratify the protocol and the Treaty of Prespa, which changed the name of our southeastern neighbor to the Republic of North Macedonia, entered into force. The name dispute between Skopje and Athens was the final obstacle to Macedonia’s NATO entry. The contract of Prespa decided it.

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