At the official ceremony held in Petrinja in the Sisak-Moslavina County on the 27th of March, the United States donated top class army training simulation system SAAT to the Croatian Armed Forces. Julieta Valls Noyes, the US Ambassador to Croatia and Damir Krsticevic, the Croatian Minister of Defence, attended the ceremony
Small Arm Tactical Training System or simply SAAT is an indoor virtual shooting range with ten lanes for training, practicing and shooting with a usage of training ammunition.
"The value of this donation exceeds many times over its price. It is yet another confirmation of the friendly relations between the US and Croatia. The United States is our key ally and we take part in joint exercises, in training and peace-building operations abroad, in the fight against ISIS and the growing radicalism. Therefore, I believe that this is the right path and that there will be more such examples," said the Defence Minister Krsticevic expressing his gratitude for the donation.
On this occasion, the US Ambassador Valls Noyes emphasized that Croatia was an important factor of stability in the region of Southeast Europe, adding that the US and Croatia had cooperated successfully so far in Afghanistan and Kosovo. She also expressed her hope that the successful cooperation would continue in the future.
The total value of the SAAT training system together with spare parts and training is worth around one million US dollars.