Serbia interested in weapons supplies from Russia — PM

BELGRADE, October 25. /TASS/. Serbia’s Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic said on Sunday weapons supplies will be one of the topics for discussion during his visit to Russia due to take place next week.

“When we manufacture the Nora howitzer we need Kamaz frames that are capable of carrying more than 35 tonnes, and this is one of the grounds for talks with the Russians. Second topic is the artillery gun 242 we install on the Lazar armoured vehicle,” he told journalists.

According to Vucic, his country has already ordered two transport helicopters from Russia. “Now we will have to and we have already begun to look at buying combat helicopters, because some of our neighbours have already received 16 Kiowa helicopters,” he said [The US Congress approved supplies of 16 such helicopters to Croatia this year – TASS].

He said Serbia was keeping a close eye on what was going on in neighbouring countries and “cannot allow any violation of the balance of forces in the region.”

Although “Serbia is a small country and a small nation,” it will always have as much means of defense as necessary, “so that no one could ever think of using force against Serbia,” Vucic said, adding that his country’s government was tightly working on that matter.

Over 250 Russian, Belarusian and Serbian troops to be airdropped in south Russia drills


NOVOROSSIYSK, September 2. /TASS/. Over 250 participants in combined Russian, Belarusian and Serbian exercise Slavic Brotherhood will be airdropped from Ilyushin Il-76 aircraft to a landing zone near Krasnodar in south Russia on Thursday, Irina Kruglova, Russian Defense Ministry press officer for the Airborne Force, said on Wednesday.

“A mass airdrop is planned for September 3 from Krymsk and Krasnodar airfields to the Krasnooktyabrskoye landing zone. A Russian-Belarusian Special Forces team will jump into the Rayevskoye landing zone on September 4,” Kruglova said.

According to Kruglova, three Il-76s will airdrop nine airborne combat vehicles on PBS-916 parachute systems, and seven more aircraft will airdrop 250 troops, including 50 Serbian servicemen. Russian and Belarusian Special Forces teams will jump behind the notional enemy lines from Mil Mi-8 (NATO reporting name: Hip) helicopters. The Russian commandos will parachute from 1,500 meters, using Arbalet-2 parachutes, while the Belarusian paratroops will employ their organic Lesnik-3M parachutes.

“Two Sukhoi Su-24 [Fencer] tactical bombers, two Mikoyan MiG-29 [Fulcrum] fighters, two Mi-28 [Havoc] attack helicopters will be used in the exercise along with six Mi-8 helicopters designed to support a battalion’s assault. Ten Il-76s with the Taganrog and Pskov-based air regiments will be used in the airdrop,” the press officer added.

The exercise will be conducted from September 2 to September 5. A reinforced battalion from the 7th Guards Air Assault (Mountain) Division will represent Russia, while Serbia will be represented by a separate parachute company and Belarus by two Special Forces companies. Overall, around 700 personnel and 20 fixed-wing and rotary-wing aircraft will be participate in the exercise.

Serbia to Purchase Two Russian-Made Military Helicopters

Mi-17 helicopter


Serbia is seeking to purchase two Russian military helicopters from Russia in the near future, the Russian Helicopters company’s deputy CEO for sales, Grigory Kozlov, said Wednesday.

In August, Serbian Defense Minister Bratislav Gasic announced that Belgrade expected to reach an agreement with Russia on the purchase of two Mi-17 and Mi-171 helicopters for the Serbian Army.The Mi-17 and Mi-171 helicopters were designed for the transportation of personnel and cargo. The helicopters come from the Mi-8/Mi-17 family of helicopters that, according to the company, are among the world’s most popular Russian-made helicopters.

“Serbia is planning to buy two Mi-17 helicopters from Russia soon. The number of helicopters may be increased in the next few years,” Kozlov said in an interview with RIA Novosti.

Serbia’s servicemen to train at Russia’s military academies

Russian Military Technologies's photo.
August 17 – Serbian military men will be training at the Russian Defence Ministry’s academies, deputy minister Anatoly Antonov told reporters on Monday.
“Russia has approved an application for training Serbian servicemen in Russia’s military educational institutions,” Antonov said, commenting on the talks between Russian and Serbian Defence Ministers Sergei Shoigu and Bratislav Gasic.
The ministers discussed the Russian-Serbian military and technical cooperation and further strengthening of military relationship, as well as international security issues, Antonov said.

Serbia Eyes Contract to Purchase 2 Russian Helicopters This Week

MI-17 helicopters

The Serbian Ministry of Defense announced that the country was awaiting the signature of an agreement with Russia on the purchase of two new helicopters.

The Republic of Serbia is awaiting the signature of an agreement with Russia on the purchase of two new helicopters this week, the Serbian Ministry of Defense announced Tuesday.

“I expect that a contract on the purchase of two new Mi-17 and Mi-171 helicopters for the needs of the Serbian Army will be signed next week [August 10-16,]” Defense Minister Bratislav Gasic said in a statement.

The decision was reached following Gasic’s visit to the Kazan Helicopter Plant manufacturer at the invitation of the Russian Ministry of Defense last week, according to the press release.

Late last month, the Serbian defense official told local media Belgrade was planning to purchase two military helicopters from Russia and Germany each.

The Mil Mi-17 (NATO reporting name “Hip”) transport helicopter and Mil Mi-171, the export variant of Mil Mi-8, enjoys widespread use internationally alongside the Mi-8/Mi-17 family of helicopters.

Serbia to Buy Military Helicopters From Russia, Germany

Russian Mi-8


The helicopters due to be delivered are perfectly equipped for search and rescue operations, the Serbian defense minister said.

Serbia will buy four military helicopters from Russia and Germany in the near future, the country’s Defense Minister Bratislav Gasic said Thursday.”We are approaching the final stage of the purchase of two Russian and two German military helicopters. The first delivery [of the helicopters] is expected soon,” Gasic said in an interview with Tanjug news agency.

According to the minister, the helicopters that are due to be delivered have excellent performance capabilities and are perfectly equipped for carrying out search and rescue operations, even at night.

Gasic specified that the purchase of the first two helicopters was planned for 2015 with two more to be bought in 2016, adding that their procurement was a priority for the Serbian Army.Commenting on the possible renewal of the country’s fighter jet fleet, he said such a move would require huge sums of money.

Belgrade is also currently involved in negotiations on the purchase of a transport aircraft from Airbus, a French-based aircraft manufacturer.

Serbia Develops State-of-the-Art, Armata-Style Battle Tank

Serbian tank  M-20UP-1

A concept of the Russian Armata-like “Serbian tank of the future”, the М-20UP-1, has reportedly been presented at the Partner 2015 military exhibition in Belgrade.

Serbia has presented a concept of the М-20UP-1, the country’s “tank of the future”, at the Partner 2015 military exhibition in Belgrade. Designers said that they were inspired by the Russian-made Armata tank when developing the М-20UP-1, according to the Serbian news website Vecernje Novosti Online.The project cost of the production of one M-20UP-1 stands at five million euros.

Goran Stojanovic, head of the working group to develop the tank, said that the М-20UP-1 will not compete with the Armata tank.

“Our tank will be closer to the [Russian-made] T-90 tank in terms of combat capabilities. We are short of money, and our economic potential is not developed enough to let us compete with the Russians. But by using a design [resembling] those of advanced tanks across the world, we have developed the weapon of the future: cheap, modern and efficient,” Stojanovic said.

As in the T-14 Armata battle tank, the М-20UP-1’s crew of three is securely enclosed in a multi-layer armored capsule, separated from the ammunition container.

The Serbian tank also features an unmanned, digitally controlled turret, which is remotely controlled by a crew member located in the aforementioned capsule.

The tank’s 125mm smooth-bore gun is also digitally operated from the capsule via high-resolution cameras. The turret carries a total of 48 rounds of ammunition, including ready-to-use ones. The gun can also fire laser-guided missiles.The М-20UP-1 is equipped with electric transmission, which engineers said will help significantly reduce the power loss and will add to the tank’s stealth characteristics.

It reportedly took eight months to finalize the М-20UP-1, which was developed both by young and veteran Serbian engineers, who were engaged in the creation of the M-84 battle tank.

The М-20UP-1 will form a base platform for other Serbian armored vehicles, as is the case with the Russian-made Armata platform.

Earlier this year, similar plans were announced by India, which seeks to use the platform of its planned battle tank for as many as 11 different tracked vehicles.