The first batch of Bell OH-58D Kiowa Warrior helicopters were delivered to the Croatian Air Force at the end of last month. The batch comprised of five helicopters and one simulator, which were delivered on board a US Air Force C-5B Galaxy military transport aircraft.
The delivered choppers were built between 2010 and 2012 and were previously in service with the US Army, which is in the phase of retiring the OH-58Ds.
The sale is worth $14.5 million for a total of 16 Kiowa Warriors, three simulators and spare parts.
Training of Croatian instructors and maintenance personnel, meanwhile, is valued at $3.8 million and will be provided under US funding.
Croatia previously showed interest in acquiring surplus US Army Sikorsky UH-60 Black Hawks to replace its aging Mil Mi-8/17 fleet, and it was expected that Zagreb would transfer its older fleet to Ukraine or another NATO nation. However, the proposal has seemingly been abandoned or at least halted for an unspecified period.
After Croatia, Tunisia is expected to receive 24 OH-58Ds.