ZAGREB, July 24 (Reuters) - Finnish defence firm Patria is set to win a tender for sale of 126 armoured personnel carriers to the Croatian army, media reported on Tuesday.
A defence ministry commission is due to propose to the government later this week its choice for the winner of the tender between Patria and Austria’s Steyr.
“Finland’s Patria is almost a certain winner of the tender as their offer is some 60 million euros cheaper than the one from Steyr,” Jutarnji List daily said.
According to the daily, Patria offered a price of some 150 million euros ($207.3 million), while Steyr’s offer is worth 210 million euros.
The ministry, when it invited the bids last February, estimated the value of the order at some 200 million euros.
A ministry spokesman said he could not confirm the report. “The commission will meet early next week. We have recently tested both vehicles,” he said.
The former Yugoslav republic tentatively plans to spend some 14 billion kuna ($2.65 billion) on new military equipment in the next eight years, including planes, ships and armoured vehicles.
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