Belgrade wants to buy more Russian Mi-17s


December 2, 2017 – Fort Russ News –

– RusVesna, translated by Tom Winter –

Belgrade. Serbia wants to buy more Mi-17 helicopters from Russia

Serbian President Alexander Vučić said that the republic’s authorities are negotiating with Rosoboronexport to purchase six Mi-17 multipurpose helicopters in addition to the two delivered in June 2016.

The head of the republic received on Friday the report of the Minister of Defense Alexander Vulin and the chief of the General Staff, General Lyubis Dikovich on the state of the Serbian army.

In turn, Vučić told the officers assembled in the General Staff about the steps planned by the leadership of the country to equip and modernize the Armed Forces of the republic.

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The President of Serbia separately stressed the importance of the transfer of six MiG-29 fighters from Russia in October — within the framework of military-technical assistance — and the receipt of two Mi-17 helicopters under a contract last June.

“Many people forgot that for the first time after 30 years we bought two excellent new Mi-17 transport helicopters, the most popular in the world.

“We plan to buy six more transport-combat helicopters and negotiate this with Rosoboronexport,” the Tanjug News Agency quotes the Serbian president.

Vučić added that Belgrade also expects the delivery by early 2019 of nine H145 Airbus German-French helicopters. According to him, six machines are intended for the army and three for the Serbian police.

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