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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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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. ...
  • 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...
  • ALAS Demonstration by Serbia
    ALAS Demonstration by Serbia 5 May 2017
    Serbia has demonstrated its ALAS (Advanced Light Attack System) long-range multipurpose fibre-optic guided missile system during a rehearsal for the upcoming Victory Day celebrations. ALAS is a 55 kg, turbojet powered, camera-guided missile with a top speed of around 640-740 kmh. The main ceremony, titled "Steel 2017", will be held with special emphasis on the stage of development of arms and military equipment by the Military Technical I...
  • MiG-29 Donation to Serbia
    MiG-29 Donation to Serbia 29 January 2017
    Serbian Defence Ministry announced that Belarus is to donate eight Mikoyan MiG-29s and two Buk Missile systems to Serbia, who will undertake the repair work and modernization expenses. The deliveries are scheduled throughout 2018. The minister also said that Serbia is considering to begin negotiations for S-300 long range surface to ait missiles with Belarus.
  • H145M Acquisition by Serbia
    H145M Acquisition by Serbia 30 December 2016
    Airbus Helicopters has been awarded a contract on 29 December by Serbian Government for the company’s H145M light helicopters with spares and tools. The agreement also covers a transfer of technology for maintenance of the aircraft and training for pilots and land crews. The value of the relevant sales contract was not disclosed.
  • 'Fulcrum' Donation From Russia to Serbia
    'Fulcrum' Donation From Russia to Serbia 23 December 2016
    Russia has signed a deal to donate over six MiG-29 Fulcrum fighter aircraft to Serbia, along with 30 T-72 tanks and 30 BRDM-2 armoured reconnaissance vehicles. Serbian Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic and Russian Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu has reached the agreement during their meetings in Moscow on 21st December. The MiG-29s are currently being decommissioned from the Russian Aerospace Forces and will be delivered to Serbia in 2017, after undergoing some modernization work. Russia's a...
  • Serbia Aspires Buk Missiles
    Serbia Aspires Buk Missiles 20 December 2016
    Serbia is to commence negociations with Russia for the acquisition of Buk anti-aircraft missile systems. Serbian Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic revealed on 19 December that during his visit to Moscow on 21 December, he would discuss the terms and pricing of Buk-M1 and Buk-M2 systems, as well as six MiG-29 fighter jets. 
  • Serbia Turns to Russia For Military Acquisitions
    Serbia Turns to Russia For Military Acquisitions 13 December 2016
    Serbia looks to enhance its military capabilities with Russian made weaponary. Talking at a joint press conference held on Monday, Serbian Defence Minister Ivica Dacic said that with Russian-made combat aircraft and military equipment, they intend to ensure territorial integrity and independence. Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov also attended the conference in Belgrade.
  • Serbia to pay $50 million for six second-hand MiG-29s
    Serbia to pay $50 million for six second-hand MiG-29s 13 November 2016
    Serbian daily Naslovna Strana stated that Moscow is demanding $50 million for the repair and transfer of six MiG-29s. Quoting a government official, paper claimed that back in January that Serbia had requested to buy those MiGs. Both sides recently met in the Russian city of Suzdal to discuss the transfer. Serbia has four Mig-29 in service.
  • Triple-Alliance in Balkans
    Triple-Alliance in Balkans 3 November 2016
    Joint “Slavic Brotherhood-2016” drill participated by Serbian, Russian and Belarussian troops has begun today in Serbia. The exercise will take place at the Oresac and Kovin practice ranges. According to Serbian Defence Ministry stated that 212 servicemen of the Russian Airborne Troops, 56 Belarusian servicemen and 450 Serbian servicemen will take part in tactical exercise. 
  • Russia-Serbia Conduct Joint Drill
    Russia-Serbia Conduct Joint Drill 12 October 2016
    BARS 2016, a joint military exercise by Russian and Serbian Air Forces, has began. The first joint drill of the two countries will be conducted in Serbia. Russian MiG-29 and Mi-8 helicopters will participate the exercise along with 10 aircraft and helicopters of Serbian Air Force.