After 16 years, new engineering equipment for the Army

Signed contracts for the procurement of 15 new engineering machines totalling MKD 138 million, marking the start of the equipment modernization for the Army, informed today, Defence Minister Radmila Shekerinska, who visited the Engineering Battalion in the “Ilinden” Barracks.

“This is the first investment in the engineering machinery in the Army after 16 years and it shows that the process of modernization and equipping of the Army has started, but that it does not cover only military elements in the army, but also the engineering part that is important for the military, but at the same time it is important for providing support to the citizens, the country, and the municipalities”, said Minister Shekerinska. She noted that in the previous year the army repeatedly helped with its engineering battalion in situations of flooding, natural disasters, repairing bridges, activating explosives on big rocks that threatened the local population.

Shekerinska said that she expects most of the new machines to arrive in less than six months and a smaller part in the first half of 2020.

“NATO membership will affect our stability in terms of political or security risks, but at the same time it will affect our security as citizens in general. The army will continue to be an institution that enjoys great trust among the citizens and as the helping hand that assists the citizens the hardest and most dire of times”, concluded Minister Shekerinska.