Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic confirmed on Thursday that the Russian military had deployed anti-aircraft systems in Serbia as part of joint exercises with the Serbian Armed Forces.
Vucic said that the Russian armed forces had brought one of its S-400 anti-aircraft systems (NATO reporting name SA-21 Growler) and the Pantsir anti-aircraft system (NATO reporting name SA-22 Greyhound) to Serbia for the exercise, adding that Serbia had ordered the Pantsir for its armed forces.
He said that he would see the S-400 missile system on Friday and the Pantsir anti-aircraft system on Saturday.
The Serbian Armed Forces web site said that Army of Serbia (VS) and Russian Aerospace Forces anti-aircraft missile units would take part in the tactical exercise Slavic Shield 2019 at the Batajnica air base outside Belgrade and the Pasuljanske Livade training grounds in central Serbia. It added that airforce units would also take part in the exercise which will be under the command of Serbian Brigadier General Tiosav Jankovic, commander of the 250th AA Defense Missile Brigade. The goal of the exercise is to train Serbian and Russian AA defense units to operate together.