Even DDSV is in jeopardy, and quoted sentence from the article states enough:Hrvatska vojska je u posljednjih deset godina ogoljena do kože, a ništa bolje joj se ne piše niti u idućih deset godina, sve pod izlikom mjera štednje i kolektivne obrane u sklopu NATO saveza. Ozbiljniji vojnoindustrijski kompleks ne postoji, a jedino čime se Hrvatska može pohvaliti jest osobna oprema vojnika domaće proizvodnje.Hrvatska jednostavno ne može ostati bez kapaciteta proizvodnje vojnih gusjeničara i točkaša.
Also, another good article about recently proposed Strategic Review of Defense:Croatian army in last decade has been stripped to the bone, and nothing better is in sight for the next ten years, all under excuse of cutback measures and NATO collective i.e. smart defense. Serious military industry complex does not exist, and all that Croatia has to show for is domestically produced soldier's personal equipment. Croatia simply can not loose the capacity of producing wheeled and tracked military vehicles.
Every reasonable expert, military leaders from Homeland war, ask same question:
How and why?
And answer lies here:translated:To je potpuno u skladu s onim što iz NATO-a Hrvatskoj već dugo predlažu; obučite do NATO-ove razine vojnike, osposobite i opremite 50 posto tih snaga za mirovne operacije u svijetu, uz to još imajte dvadesetak transportnih, ne borbenih helikoptera, od koji će 40 posto biti na raspolaganju za vanjske misije..., umrežite i vaše radare i... drugo vam ne treba, sada ste pod NATO-kišobranom.
Well, some people believed around 1900. or even 1912. that Austro-Hungary will last for decades to come...and we know how that ended.Strategic Review of Defense is completely in accordance with proposals that Croatia gets from NATO for some time now: train soldiers to the NATO level, equip 50% of those forces for missions abroad, with that keep around 20 transport, not assault, helicopters of which 40% will be on disposal for foreign missions, create radar grid and.. no need for anything else, you are now under NATO umbrella.
Even in 1988. no one in Yugoslavia could foretell that three years later country will be falling apart in most brutal European war since 1945.
We live in era of dynamic history, Croatian peacetime is still underage (yes people, 17 yrs ago we were in war) - and we're reducing armed forces to source of mostly middle-aged peacekeepers.
Some on this thread are still optimists, but they will have a brutal wake up call.
Croatia currently has no ambition whatsoever as a country, no plan, no strategy and no goals.. it's just living one day after another.
That only reflects on the armed forces that could have been much more:
- navy capable of not only control of national waters but dominant role on the east side of Adriatic/Ionian sea
- air force that could be regional factor of security (since only other ex-YU country with supersonic fighters is still dedicated to no-NATO policy)
- compact ground force that will not renounce tanks, antiaircraft or any other component.
I will state here that current armed forces of Croatia would be in no shape of conducting actions like Maslenica (Gusar) or Medak.. not to mention large scale operations form 1995.
Apart from (kind of) fancy uniforms and helmets, there is nothing else to show for.