The Army of the Republic of North Macedonia (ARNM) will retire most of its Soviet-era armoured vehicles under the US European Recapitalization Incentive Program (ERIP), the Ministry of Defence (MoD) in Skopje told Jane’s on 21 August. The vehicles to be retired are BTR-70/80 wheeled armoured personnel carriers, BMP-2 tracked infantry fighting vehicles (IFVs), and MT-LB tracked carriers.
The aim is to improve ARNM interoperability with NATO, and to that end the highest priority for North Macedonia is to equip and modernise its army in accordance with the Long Term Defence Capability Development Plan (LTDCP) 2019–28 adopted by the government on 23 July, the MoD said. The LTDCP 2019–28, which was approved by parliament on 26 August, foresees acquisition of 56 Infantry Carrier Vehicles and 96 Joint Light Tactical Vehicles.
The obsolete armour is to be replaced through the acquisition of US military vehicles in a process that North Macedonia’s Deputy Prime Minister and Defence Minister Radmila Shekerinska announced for the first time on 7 August.
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