Serbian military arms Airbus helicopters

NEWS 19.12.2019 22:40
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Source: Ministarstvo odbrane

Defense Minister Aleksandar Vulin said on Thursday that the Serbian military has equipped its Airbus H-145M helicopters with domestically-produced weapons and equipment.

A ministry press release said that Vulin toured the Nikinci test center to see the H-145M operating in combat conditions as part of the final stage of verification and integration of the helicopter into the Serbian military.

It quoted Vulin as saying that Serbia, as a military neutral country, has to rely on itself. “We have to procure things from abroad but we also improve and upgrade it,” he said.

The ministry said that H-145M helicopters armed with domestic weapons will be part of the Serbian military next year.

Colonel Zvonko Maric said that the helicopters will be used for combat and search and rescue operations. He said the helicopters come fully equipped with the Serbian military providing the weapons systems and specified that they will be armed with 12.7 mm machine guns and 80 mm rocket launchers.