The United States transferred an additional 21 High Mobility Multipurpose Wheeled Vehicles (Humvees) to the Armed Forces of Bosnia and Herzegovina (AFBiH) in a ceremony in Sarajevo on July 19. The AFBiH received 58 HMMWVs since 2017 and this new tranche will bring its current inventory to 79. Among the 21 Humvees donated on Monday, 12 are troop transport variants, while nine are ambulance variants. The United States is expected to deliver another seven Humvees, which would bring the total number of vehicles in the Bosnian armed forces to 86.
The United States is proud to support NATO Partner, Bosnia and Herzegovina, through the modest donation that enabled the purchase of these Humvees. Bosnia and Herzegovina’s partnership with NATO means that they can be part of that collective security. Should it accomplish the needed defense reforms, Bosnia and Herzegovina will have the strength of the entire Alliance behind it, and its people can feel more secure in their future. The United States is fully committed to achieving full interoperability with NATO in all aspects, including doctrinal and equipment aspects.
These twenty Humvees nearly double the number of Humvees in Bosnia and Herzegovina. Any unit using Humvees is immediately interoperable with any of the 12 NATO Allies that have Humvees in their inventories, including the United States. With their arrival, these Humvees represent the significant and growing level of Bosnia and Herzegovina’s partnership with NATO. NATO is not 29 armies, but one army from 29 countries united for common security. The entire donation has a value of $14,3 million.
The High Mobility Multipurpose Wheeled Vehicle (HMMWV; colloquial: Humvee) is a family of light, four-wheel drive, military trucks and utility vehicles produced by AM General. It has largely supplanted the roles previously performed by the original jeep, and others such as the Vietnam War-era M151 jeep, the M561 “Gama Goat”, their M718A1 and M792 ambulance versions, the Commercial Utility Cargo Vehicle, and other light trucks. Primarily used by the United States military, it is also used by numerous other countries and organizations and even in civilian adaptations.