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  • Serbia Blames EU, Cancels Military Exercises
    Serbia Blames EU, Cancels Military Exercises 10 September 2020
    "Serbia will not take part in any military exercises or activities with NATO, Russia, the United States, China or the European Union (EU) in the next six months," the Serbian Defence Ministry said in a statement. The decision came after Defence Minister Aleksandar Vulin said Serbia was under "terrible and unfair pressure" of the EU. "We are not asked to participate in planned military exercises with Belarus to avoid losing our position in the EU," Vulin...
  • Additional Lazar 3 Protection for Infantry
    Additional Lazar 3 Protection for Infantry 14 August 2020
    Having an important technology infrastructure in the land vehicles, Serbia continues to manufacture domestic platforms. Giving importance to reinforcing the army with Lazar 3 8x8 wheeled armoured vehicles, Serbia announced that additional platforms will be acquired. In the statement made on the official website of the Ministry of Defence, it was announced that the production of new batch platforms has started. The Lazar 3, which is compatible with weapon integrat...
  • Anti-Aircraft Gun is More Powerful with Igla
    Anti-Aircraft Gun is More Powerful with Igla 14 August 2020
    Having an infrastructure inherited from Yugoslavia in the defence filed, Serbia continues to develop its domestic systems with local resources. The Serbian Ministry of Defence announced that the Igla MANPAD (Man-Portable Air Defence System) was integrated into the PASARS 6x6 self-propelled anti-aircraft gun systems within the scope of the work carried out by the VTI (Military Technical Institute / Vojnotehnički Institut). It was determined that two Igla launchers...
  • China Missiles Protect Serbia's Airspace
    China Missiles Protect Serbia's Airspace 3 August 2020
    Belgrade will buy an air defense system from China, Serbian media reported. Serbia will add the FK-3, the export version of the HQ-12-to-air missile system, into its inventory.   The air defense system has the ability to attack cruise missiles and drones. A battery installed from FK-3s includes one radar, six launch units, two generators and 18 replacement missiles. Belgrade also received the CH-92A drone, it bought from China in July.
  • Unexpected Aviation Step from Serbia
    Unexpected Aviation Step from Serbia 30 July 2020
    Serbia, which has close relations with Russia in the military aviation field, came up with an unexpected move. A senior official from the Serbian Ministry of Defence announced on July 25th that the country is interested in the US made T-7A Red Hawk advanced jet trainer aircraft. In the speech, it was stated that the Serbian Air Force attracted attention with the price/performance ratio of the platforms that came to the fore with low initial acquisition and maintenance cost...
  • T-14 Armata Exports Are on Russia's Agenda
    T-14 Armata Exports Are on Russia's Agenda 8 July 2020
    Russian officials said they had begun negotiating with foreign users for the export of the Main Battle tank of the T-14 Armata.  Speaking to Serbia's daily Glas javnosti, Russian officials said work was underway to export the MiG-35 aircraft, while the sale of the Armata tank was also on the agenda. Russian Minister of Industry and Trade Denis Manturov announced in April that exports of the main battle tank were on the agenda. The development of the T-14...
  • UCAV Fleet Expands
    UCAV Fleet Expands 6 July 2020
    Unmanned combat aerial vehicles (UCAV) are an important power multiplier both by their endurance and offering attack opportunities to opportunity targets. In addition, the new generation of light smart ammunition creates a significant air force pressure on the enemy. Serbia is continuing its work on modernization and military system procurement to improve army facilities and meet the requirements of the modern battlefield. In this context, introducing the platforms that ha...
  • Modernized MBRL Delivery
    Modernized MBRL Delivery 22 June 2020
    Serbia continues to study on enhancing and modernizing army capabilities. The Serbian Armed Forces continues to advance in the process of modernizing the vehicles in its inventory. With the ceremony held recently, the army received the modernized Oganj 122 mm multi-barrel rocket launcher (MBRL) system. The platform called M-77 in the armed forces stock system was developed for the Yugoslav Army in the 1970s. M-77 Oganj, which is reported to receive one and a half batteries...
  • M-20 Armoured Vehicle
    M-20 Armoured Vehicle 22 June 2020
    Serbia, which has recently step up in the defence industry, is announcing its new platforms in advance. Zastava TERVO, which is stationed in Kragujevac, introduced the new M-20 6x6 wheeled armoured vehicle. The Serbian Army's command staff attended the event, which was showcased during the visit of Minister of Defence Aleksandar Vulin. The platform, which has automotive subsystems similar to Lazar and Miloš, currently produced by Serbia, was developed on th...
  • Smart Anti-Aircraft Round Test
    Smart Anti-Aircraft Round Test 17 June 2020
    Advances in microelectronics technology have also made air defence ammunition smarter. The projectiles, which had previously been adjusted by hand according to distance estimation and the timed fuse before the shooting, then exploded when reaching the approximate range, creating a deadly cloud near the target. New generation ammunition can be programmed with the electronic subcomponents for the highest damage to the enemy element. Serbia test-fired a 40 mm smart air d...
  • Awating Tank Modernization
    Awating Tank Modernization 14 June 2020
    The main battle tanks manufactured during the Cold War era needs modernization in line with the requirements of the modern battlefield. Serbia, which has a well-established defence industry infrastructure inherited from Yugoslavia, is also working to upgrade platforms in its inventory. Serbia took over a significant number of M-84 main battle tanks after the dissolution of Yugoslavia. For platforms that have been in use since 1985, Serbian armed forces launched a modernization progr...
  • Air Defence System Trial
    Air Defence System Trial 29 May 2020
    Studies on air defence systems progressing in different dimensions within the framework of changing threats. Serbia, which has a well established defence industry which is legacy of Yugoslavia, continues its domestic production system studies. In this context, test launch activity was carried out with modernised RLN-IC / 170 missiles, which produced under Russian license. In the trials carried out in the Pasuljanske Livade Training Area, missiles mounted on PASARS FM-1 veh...
  • Modular MBRL on Tests
    Modular MBRL on Tests 1 May 2020
    Artillery rockets evolve towards missiles with different guidance systems. The platforms, which have been successfully performing the suppression and destruction of enemy units in a wide area for many years, thus obtain the precision strike capability. Serbia, which has a well-established technical infrastructure inherited from Yugoslavia, established a test-launch a new artillery rocket last week. The equipment, described as an advanced model of the Oganj system, was test...
  • Tank Delivery to Pakistan
    Tank Delivery to Pakistan 22 April 2020
    Despite its limited opportunities and virus epidemic, Pakistan continues to work on reinforcing its army and received a new delivery. Islamabad, which received the first batch of modernized T-55 tanks from Serbia in the past weeks, announced that the first VT4s it procured from China arrived in the country yesterday. In 2019, the delivery ceremony was held in mid-April 2020 for the platforms selected by the Pakistani Army, and the platforms set off in the direction of...
  • COVID-19 Support from Turkey to the Balkans
    COVID-19 Support from Turkey to the Balkans 8 April 2020
    Turkey's medical supplies in the COVID-19 fight continues. Last week, the Turkish Armed Forces' A400M transport plane carried a variety of medical equipment to Italy and Spain. The A400M carries health supplies to the Balkans to combat the virus, the Ministry of National Defence said today. Equipment departing from Ankara Etimesgut  Air Base will be delivered first to Serbia, followed by Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro, Northern Macedonia and Kosovo. 
  • Modernised Tanks Arrived to Pakistan
    Modernised Tanks Arrived to Pakistan 1 April 2020
    Pakistan continues to reinforce its army despite financial problems. The first batch of 282 tanks that Islamabad bought from Serbia in 2015 was delivered recently. Before being delivered to the end user, T-55 tanks were modernised. Upgrade works, which completed at Yugoimport facilities; affected engine, vision and electronics systems. Considerable improvements have also been made to the survivability of the platforms. The tanks, which the Pakistan Army plans to deploy in the W...
  • Last Pantsir Systems Delivered
    Last Pantsir Systems Delivered 12 March 2020
    Deliveries of Pantsir air defence systems, which frequently used during the Spring Shield Operation of Turkey, continue. The Serbia has received the first batch platforms in the past weeks. Last delivery of systems has been completed. In a statement from Russia, it was stated that the country has also delivered the latest Pantsir systems ordered. Pantsir-S1 model, which is declared as the model, was not given the number of vehicles delivered within the package. Belgrade, which ...
  • First Delivery of Pantsir System Completed
    First Delivery of Pantsir System Completed 26 February 2020
    Arming via donations ant direct procurement agreements from Russia, which is main arms supplier, Serbia has announced that it has received its first air defense systems. According to a report published in the Russian Sputnik News Agency, Serbia, which announced that it would acquire the Pantsir air defense system, received the first batch delivery. Serbia, which is planned to receive a total of six Pantsir air defence system last year, is expected to add other vehicles to its invent...
  • Greece invites Turkey to Defence Exhibitions in Athens
    Greece invites Turkey to Defence Exhibitions in Athens 22 January 2020
    After more than ten years absence, Greece returns to international defence exhibitions, by the organisation of DEFEA-Defence Exhibition Athens. The organisation got in contact with Greek Defence ministry for the official invitation of Turkey, C4Defence learned. DEFEA will take place in Athens, from 22 to 24 June 2020 at the Metropolitan Expo. It is organised by ROTA SA and the Union of Greek Manufacturers of Defence Material (SEKPY). It is under the auspices of the Ministry of Natio...
  • Serbia Continues Arming
    Serbia Continues Arming 20 January 2020
    Serbia, which has improved its air power in cooperation with Russia, has taken new action for air defence systems. Belgrade announced the new acquisition agreement in this context. Serbia, which examined the Pantsir air defense systems during the Slavic Shield-2019 Air Defence Exercise, which was held in Serbia jointly with Russia last October, announced the procurement of the mentioned system from Russia. During the exercise, Serbian President Aleksandar Vučić f...
  • Modernised M80AB1 Unveiled
    Modernised M80AB1 Unveiled 9 January 2020
    Important milestone passed for modernisation project of BVP M80 platforms, whixh are developed during the Cold War and active since the late 1970s. Serbia introduced the first modernised prototype. The firepower of the platform, which renamed as M80AB1 after modernisation studies, was increased by a one-man turret. System is equipped with a 30 mm main weapon. It was seen that the platforms which increased the situational awareness with the new generation electro-optics were equ...
  • S-400 Procurement Stuck to Economic Problems
    S-400 Procurement Stuck to Economic Problems 6 November 2019
    At the end of October, Russia and Serbia conducted a joint military exercise called Slavic Shield-2019; A battalion of S-400s and a Pantsir-S anti-aircraft system were deployed at Serbia's Batajnica air base for the drills. The president of Serbia denied having plans of buying S-400 air defence systems from Russia owing to cost issues, on Wednesday. "From what I saw, this is an impressive system. But we don't plan to purchase it because we don't have money to pay fo...
  • Russia Deployed S-400 to Serbia
    Russia Deployed S-400 to Serbia 28 October 2019
    Russian Ministry of Defence announced that Russian Army S-400 and Pantsir-S air-defence systems are deployed to Serbia, to took part in the bilateral Slavic Shield 2019 air-defence exercises. As part of the exercise, the Russian S-400 division and the Pantsir-S battery will be deployed on the territory of a Serbian air base and will be part of the joint Russian-Serbian mixed group of air defence forces. Russian-Serbian air defence exercise "Slavic shield-2019" is...
  • Greek Cyprus Shows Serbian NORA B-52
    Greek Cyprus Shows Serbian NORA B-52 30 September 2019
    Greek Cyprus will show off its new acquisition the Serbian NORA B-52 Self Propelled Gun-Howitzer. Greek Cypriot administration will celebrate “the 59th anniversary of the Declaration of Independence of the Republic of Cyprus” in accordance with the “anniversary”, National Guard will show off its new acquisition Serbian NORA B-52 cannons.  Serbian Foreign Minister Alexander Vulin will attend the ceremony.
  • First Sales from China to Europe 11 September 2019
    China sold its remote-controlled aircraft to a European country for the first time. Serbia’s military will receive Wing Loong , Chinese-built armed drones, in the next six months. “This sale will greatly strengthen the Serbian military, which will gain capabilities it has not had in the past,” Defence Minister Aleksandar Vulin said in an interview Tuesday on state-owned television.  Wing Loong, also known as Pterodactyl-1, combat drones, which look similar to ...
  • Russia Continues Existence at the Balkans
    Russia Continues Existence at the Balkans 22 August 2019
    Cooperation between Russia and Serbia continues. In October 2018, the Serbian Air Force received six MiG-29 fighter jets handed over by Russia as part of military and technical assistance. In addition to this military assistance, Serbia will procure Russian-made Mi-35 and Mi-17 transport helicopters. The helicopters will arrive for the Serbian Air Force in the first quarter of 2020, Serbia’s Defence Minister Aleksandar Vulin said in an interview with RTS television channel on August 19....
  • Donation from Russia
    Donation from Russia 25 July 2019
    BRDM-2M armoured reconnaissance vehicles that Russia promised to donate to Serbia, reached the country. The delivery of 30 upgraded BRDM-2Ms is part of a wider military agreement that has already resulted in the transfer of six surplus MiG-29 fighters to Serbia in 2017 and should be completed by the end of 2019 with the transfer of 30 modernised T-72 main battle tanks. BRDM-2, taken from Yugoslavia, were already in service of the Serbian army.
  • Serbia Prefers French Missiles
    Serbia Prefers French Missiles 17 July 2019
    Serbia signs for the acquisition of Mistral 3 short-range air defence systems with MBDA. During  French President Emmanuel Macron’s visit to Serbia, MBDA announces the signing of a contract for Mistral 3 short-range air defence systems . Serbia becomes the 32nd customer country for the Mistral missile. This will allow Serbia to benefit from the shared user experiences from the many forces operating and to contribute to the definition of the future developments of the weapon systems...
  • Serbian MoD Receives First H145M Helicopter
    Serbian MoD Receives First H145M Helicopter 28 June 2019
    The Serbian Ministry of Defence received its first H145M helicopter on the first day of the Partner 2019 defence exhibition, being held in Belgrade on 25-28 June. The helicopter is configured for search and rescue and bears the insignia of the Republic of Serbia Air Force and Air Defence. It is equipped with the FLIR Star Safire 380-HDc imaging system, TrakkaBeam A800 multi-filter searchlight, Goodrich 44301 272 kg rescue hoist, ballistic protection, and electronic countermeasures. The helico...
  • Serbia Received Four Mig-29 Aircraft from Belarus
    Serbia Received Four Mig-29 Aircraft from Belarus 26 February 2019
    Serbia has received four more MiG-29 fighter jets from Belarus, bringing its fleet to a total of 14, Serbia’s Ministry of Defence Aleksandar Vulin said in a Monday, February 25 release. Speaking at ceremony, Vulin said, "We can freely say that we now have 14 MiG-29, which is a number that we could not dream of in 2012.” The Mikoyan MiG-29 (NATO reporting name Fulcrum) is a Russian-designed twin-engine fighter jet aircraft which entered service with the Sov...
  • Chinese Eye for Serbia
    Chinese Eye for Serbia 26 September 2018
    Serbia signed and agreement with China for procurement of unmanned aerial vehicles. Serbia took delivery of MiG-29 from Russia in recent weeks. It is stated that platforms that can be used in all weather conditions will also be able to use laser-guided ammunition. According to Serbian media, six platforms will be supplied. Some of them may be Wing Loong II. First flight of sytems are planned to 2019. According to official statement, Serbia will provide technology transfer as well as vehicles ...
  • PASARS-16 Terminator on the Range
    PASARS-16 Terminator on the Range 16 July 2018
    The Ministry of Defence of the Republic of Serbia has released new images from the tests of the new PASARS-16 short-range air defense system. The PASARS-16 Terminator, which carried out live ammunition firing tests in the exercise held by the 98th Air Brigade in Serbia's Air and Air Defence Force, completed its initial tests. The PASARS-16 Terminator consists of 6x6 FAP 2026 military truck with integrated Bofors 40 mm in the armored cabinet. The system requires tw...
  • Yugoimport presents X-01 Strsljen armed VTOL UAV
    Yugoimport presents X-01 Strsljen armed VTOL UAV 16 June 2018
    Serbian defence company Yugoimport company has unveiled the X-01 Strsljen (Hornet) vertical take-off and landing unmanned aerial vehicle (VTOL UAV) at the Eurosatory 2018. The X-01 Strsljen has been developed by another Serbian firm EDePro and is being marketed by Yugoimport. The aircraft has a maximum take-off weight of 750 kg and can carry a payload of 350 kg including fuel and weapons. X-01 Strsljen may fly up to 4 hours and has 4,000 m service ceiling. The air vehicle ...
  • Serbia Receives MiG-29 Fighters from Belarus
    Serbia Receives MiG-29 Fighters from Belarus 24 April 2018
    Serbian Defence Minister Aleksandar Vulin revealed that Serbian Army has received four MiG-29 fighter jets from Belarus. The addition of four aircraft increased the number of Serbian MiG-29 fleet to 14. Vulin said that while visiting Moscow in April, he had talks with his Russian counterpart, Sergei Shoigu on supplies of four Mi-35 combat helicopters, four Mi-17 transport helicopters, T-72 tanks, BMP-2 armoured infantry carriers and missile defence systems. Serbia has...
  • Serbia Negotiates Purchase of Mi-35
    Serbia Negotiates Purchase of Mi-35 10 April 2018
    Serbian Defence Minister Aleksandar Vulin has revealed that Serbia has begun negotiating with Russia for the supply of four Mi-35 combat helicopters and four Mi-17 transport helicopters. After meeting with Russian Defence Minister Sergey Shoygu in Moscow on 3 April, Vulin said they have also discussed the continuation of military-technical cooperation, the further equipping and modernization of MiG fighters and the acquisition and supply of T-72 tanks and BMP-2 and certain...
  • Donated Mig-29s To Be Commissioned This Year
    Donated Mig-29s To Be Commissioned This Year 21 March 2018
    Serbian Defense Minister Aleksandar Vulin revealed on 19 March that six MiG-29s fighter jets that Russia donated to Serbia will have their first test flights and enter service by the end of 2018. The MiGs are being provided by Moscow at no charge, but their assembly, repair, and refurbishing costs are expected to near $235 million in total. The aircraft were handed over to Serbia in October 2017 and are currently being upgraded at Serbia's Batajnica Air Base. ...
  • China’s Europe Policy: “Divide and Rule”
    China’s Europe Policy: “Divide and Rule” 18 March 2018
    The time-honoured “divide and rule” policy of the West is reshaped today at the hands of the East to work against the West. China, which further deepens the pre-existing cracks in the European Union with its economic openings, moves slowly yet adeptly while expanding its geographical and diplomatic room for manoeuvre.  The Chinese Communist Party, which restricted presidents to two five-year terms, has just lifted this ban. Thus, the door for Xi Jinping to serve for...
  • Serbia to get Russian air defence systems,
    Serbia to get Russian air defence systems, 13 December 2017
    Serbia’s president Aleksandar Vucic said his government may purchase air defence systems and at least six transport helicopters from Russia. “Serbia is on a European path, but the difference between Serbia and other countries in the region is that Serbia does not want to join NATO,” Vucic said. Belgrade has reportedly been considering a purchase of S-300 long-range surface-to-air missile systems from Belarus, but the latest statement indicates the contrac...
  • MiG-29 Deliveries To Belgrade Began
    MiG-29 Deliveries To Belgrade Began 3 October 2017
    Russia started delivery of the secondhand MiG-29 fighter jets to Serbia on Monday. Moscow is to deliver a total of six MiG-29 aircraft to Belgrade free of charge, however the country is to spend an estimated cost of $236 million for the upgrade and overhaul work on the aircraft.  The deliveries are scheduled to be completed by 20 October. Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic said Monday that in addition to the aircraft, the country will boost its anti-aircraft defe...
  • H145M with HForce Makes Maiden Flight
    H145M with HForce Makes Maiden Flight 11 September 2017
    Airbus Defence and Space announced on 8 September that at the end of August, the H145M performed its first flight with a complete HForce weapon system in Donauwörth.  Airbus H145M can be equipped with all kind of guided and ballistic armaments such as missiles and laser guided rockets, guns, machine guns and rockets. The qualification of HForce for use on the H145M is planned for 2018, after completion of testing the whole fire mission spectrum in Hunga...