“The Croatian defence industry, keeping pace with technology is a guarantor of development of the Croatian Armed forces capabilities, for the purpose of security”
The Conference titled “The Future of the Croatian Defence Industry & New Technologies”
The Conference was organised by the Ministry of Defence of the Republic of Croatia and the Jutarnji List daily in Zagreb on 27 November 2019, and attended by the Defence Minister Damir Krstičević and by the Chief of the General Staff of the Croatian Armed Forces General Mirko Šundov, and also by representatives of the leading Croatian defence industry companies and by some of the leading experts and stakeholders of the defence industry of partner countries.
The Security and Defence Editor at the EU Institute for Security Studies (EUISS) Daniel Fiott delivered a presentation titled “Geopolitics and Technology: How can the EU best respond to the world’s evolving challenges?”, and the Deputy Director of SIBAT Agency of the Israel Ministry of Defense Paul Friedberg argued the “The size of the country and limited natural resources are not necessarily an obstacle to the development of a strong defence industry”.
It was also attended by the representatives of the leading Croatian defence manufacturers and by some of the leading experts and stakeholders of the defence industry of partner countries, who also delivered presentations.
The Conference featured display stands of various defence manufacturers and discussions on the situation of the Croatian defence industry, the achievements and paths of development.
President Grabar-Kitarović: Croatian defence industry is a guarantor of our security
The President of the Republic as Supreme Commander of the Croatian Armed Forces in video-streamed message extended appreciation to the Conference organisers for recognising the topics as one of the key topics related to the future development of the Croatian economy.
“I am sure that the Croatian defence industry for the 21st century will sustain Croatia’s security and technological progress and development and towards the growth of the economy.
Minister Krstičević: A strong defence industry guarantees development of the Croatian Armed Forces and their capabilities
Minister Krstičević stated : “A strong Croatian defence industry which keeps pace with technology is a guarantee of a continued development of the Croatian Armed Forces and of its capabilities for the purpose of security. Croatia has to mind its security and investment into the defence industry. The industry is a Croatian military, economic and political asset of strategic interest.”
The Minister said that Croatia had highly competitive defence industry born during the Homeland War and underlined some of its top products recognised internationally – the company Čateks produces fabrics for the Slovenian Army, the DOK-ING exports its demining machines machinery to South Korea, and Šestan Busch exports helmets to Lithuania.
The Croatian Armed Forces and the Ministry of Defence have supported the Croatian defence industry, which is of critical importance for the security and defence system and for the survival of the Republic of Croatia and illustrates the connection with the Croatian Armed Forces and their needs”.
Minister Krstičević emphasised that Croatia was to assume presidency of the Council of the European Union, during which a conference was to be held in Zagreb in March 2020 on defence industry and potentials within the European Defence Fund, co-organised with the European Defence Agency.
“Our ambition is to be a key partner in the development of the defence industry, to develop new capabilities and invest into research and development. In 2019 the Ministry of Defence has made considerable progress this towards the shared goal of the Croatian Government and Croatian economy – businessmen – new and technologically advanced solutions created in synergy with the Croatian Army and Croatian scientists, entrepreneurs and innovators, all with the aim of fulfilling the tasks of the Croatian Army and the objectives of the National Security Strategy”, concluded Minister Krstičević.
General Šundov delivers lecture on “New Technologies and Defence Transformation – Operations”
The Chief of the General Staff of the Croatian Armed Forces General Mirko Šundov delivered a lecture on “New Technologies and Transformation of Defence – Operations” and its influence on the organisational structures and processes in the armed forces.
New technologies necessitate exploration of new tactics and technologies, and by extension the enhancemwent of physical and mental capacities of soldiers. We have to build awareness and to be prepared at all times for the abuse of the new technologies. We shall need a new way of thinking about threats, consider risk reduction and seize the opportunity. The human resources will retain their critical importance, and make the difference between good and great”, said General Šundov.
Conference panelists – Mate Rimac (Rimac Automobili), Prof. Gordan Gledec (Dean of the Faculty of Electronic Engineering and Computing) and others
The panelists at the Conference “The Future of the Croatian Defence Industry and New Technologies” were Prof Gordan Gledec, the Dean of the Faculty of Electronic Engineering and Computing, Mate Rimac, the Director of “Rimac Automobili”, the Chairman of the Association of IT and Communications of the Croatian Association of Employers Boris Drilo, the Chairman of the Croatian Defense Industry Competitiveness Cluster Goran Basarac.