Serbia to buy French Rafales instead of Russian MiG-29s

Belgrade will increase defense spending, as other European states are spending on this business "like drunken millionaires." Therefore, the Serbian armed forces must become "much, much stronger" than the current level. This was announced by Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic, explaining the current situation.

In particular, the Serbian leader touched upon the situation in the country's military aviation. He explained that the current number of fighters is insufficient. The Serbian Air Force has a squadron of MiG-29s (14 units of various variants, of which 3 MiG-29UBs), but this is not enough and one more squadron is needed to build up defense capability. In October 2017, Serbia received 6 MiG-29s from the Russian Federation, in the summer of 2021, the Republic of Belarus handed over 4 MiG-29s of version 9.13 of 1987-1988 after repair and modernization, 4 more Soviet MiG-29s remained with the Serbs from the time of Yugoslavia.

At the same time, after the West imposed sanctions against Russia and Belarus due to the start of the SVO in Ukraine, the maintenance of the MiG-29s in service became problematic, however, as did the purchase of new fighters from Moscow.

Now almost nothing can be imported from Russia that is related to military purposes, but not because of the Russians

- he explained.

Vučić clarified that until then Serbia had relied on MiG-29s to protect its airspace, but now Belgrade will additionally purchase Rafale fighters from Paris.

We remind you that in December 2021, the Serbian Air Force command recommended that the government consider purchasing new French Rafale fighters or Russian Su-30SMs to increase the fleet and its capabilities. At the same time, the head of the Serbian Ministry of Defense, Nebojsa Stefanovic, said that he was leaning in favor of the more expensive Rafale.

Note that Vučić, who is more oriented towards Europe, initially tended to buy French products. In early March 2022, he spoke on the phone with French President Emmanuel Macron on this issue, and Serbian representatives began negotiations with French aircraft manufacturers. After that, Vucic confirmed that negotiations were underway with the French to acquire 12 fighters (not from the presence of the Air Force), as well as with "another country about 12 aircraft" (without specifying the state), but second-hand.

Without a doubt, the purchase of Russian fighters and spare parts for them after the start of the special operation and the introduction of large-scale restrictions became extremely difficult due to Serbia's lack of access to the sea. However, the acquisition of the French Rafale cannot be called the best option, since France is part of the “peace-loving” NATO bloc, which actually destroyed Yugoslavia and, with its hostile actions, helped to seize Kosovo and Metohija from Serbia. In the spring of 2022, Serbia received air defense from China, so Belgrade could well have bought fighter jets from Beijing, but did not do so, fearing pressure from the United States, Britain and the EU.
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  1. polynet Offline polynet
    polynet (polinet) 21 February 2023 12: 42
    And yes, it's their choice. When something will be asked from the Russian Federation, you can remind.
  2. Igor Offline Igor
    Igor (Igor Vladimirovich) 21 February 2023 13: 01
    The Serbs clearly caved in. Well, this was to be expected, although if it were not for the weakness of the Russian Federation at the front with Ukraine, this would not have happened.
  3. Dust Offline Dust
    Dust (Sergei) 21 February 2023 13: 17
    Vucic is a rotten politician. All these years he asked for cheap Russian resources, resold European sanctioned food products, passing them off as Serbian ones. At the same time, he hinted that he would buy weapons from Russia ... He swore by his mother of love for Russia, but caved in under the American boot.
    1. Egor Ibragimov Offline Egor Ibragimov
      Egor Ibragimov (Egor Ibragimov) 21 February 2023 19: 03
      Quote: Dust
      He swore by his mother love for Russia, but caved in under the American boot.

      And it was necessary to sell sanctioned under the guise of sanctioned? Then nothing would come to Russia.
      Did you have to buy at the general price? Russia should not have reduced prices for those who are in the union? And the location of Serbia just to use it? It's wild.

      Well, he would buy Russian planes. And how to deliver?
      Even if there are problems with spare parts.
      If I had bought MiGs or Su-27s, they would have been chopped off from Serbia and sent to Zelensky. Serbia would have been cuckooing without planes when Kosovo was being squeezed out of it, and Russia would have added problems at the front.
      They can have the current MiGs. from that and remained that they did not fly.

      In order to supply planes to a country that has no land or sea connection with Russia, the rulers of Russia must conduct their foreign policy more competently. And in the interior, do not steal from your country, do not sell yourself for all sorts of grain deals.

      And Vucic is the president of his country, he is full of hyenas around him. It rolls out as best it can. In releasing the Nazis for the promise of unlocking yachts, stealing millions of sets of clothes from the Russian army, and the like, by the way, was not noticed.
  4. Dmitry Volkov Offline Dmitry Volkov
    Dmitry Volkov (Dmitry Volkov) 21 February 2023 20: 42
    This dibile Serb could buy Chinese planes and helicopters and weapons ..
  5. Vladimir Tuzakov (Vladimir Tuzakov) 22 February 2023 21: 04
    No need to react so quickly without analyzing the problem. Today, the Russian Federation is participating in a big war with all of NATO, and every combat unit is needed. Selling weapons in wartime is a crime, you only need to buy it. Therefore, the Serbian leader buys foreign aircraft, while ours remain for use in the NWO, which has no end in sight. Everything is right here and there is no reason to be indignant.
  6. Flight Offline Flight
    Flight (voi) 23 February 2023 06: 29
    For Vučić, the Serbs are the priority, unlike the managers in OOO rf
  7. serivolkf1 Offline serivolkf1
    serivolkf1 (sergey wolf) 25 February 2023 20: 27
    oh Slavic "brothers", what kind of people you are ...