Serbian Army receives 30 T-72B1MS tanks and 30 BRDM-2MS armored reconnaissance vehicles from Russia
Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Defense Dr. Nebojsa Stefanovic and Chief of the General Staff of the Serbian Army General Milan Mojsilovic attended the handover of T-72MS tanks (in fact T-72B1MS White Eagle, according to Army Recognition's analysis) and BRDM-2MS armored reconnaissance cars from a donation from the Russian Federation to Serbia at the Mija Stanimirovic barracks in Nis, the Serbian Ministry of Defense reports on its website.
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Modernized T-72MS tanks donated by Russia to Serbia (Picture source: Serbian MoD)
The ceremony was also attended by the Secretary of State, Deputy Minister of Defense of the Russian Federation, General of the Army Nikolai Pankov and Deputy Minister of Defense, Colonel General Alexander Fomin, as well as the Ambassador of the Russian Federation, Alexander Bocan-Kharchenko.
‘’It is a donation of the Russian Federation to the Army of the Republic of Serbia in the value of about 75 million euros, which consists of 30 armored personnel carriers BRDM-2MS and 30 modernized T-72B1MS tanks, based on an agreement agreed in Sochi by two presidents Vucic and Putin. We are very grateful to the Russian Federation because this is a significant reinforcement for the Serbian Arm’’, said Minister Stefanović, after the handover. He reminded that the first part of this donation was also shown in Nis in November: 11 T-72B1MS tanks and 10 armored personnel carriers. ‘’Today, when they are completed and when in fact two – the tank battalion and the BRDM-2MS battalion – are completed, we present these weapons, which will go to the Army, and which will significantly improve, as you could hear from General Mojsilovic, our operational capabilities - Minister Stefanović pointed out.
Minister Stefanović also expressed satisfaction with the fact that cooperation between the Russian Federation and the Republic of Serbia continues and develops at a good pace: ‘’Today, you will have the opportunity to see the cooperation of our special units at the Orešac range, where you will see their cooperation in the fight against terrorists. Russian paratroopers will inform the members of the 72nd Special Brigade about the final exercise, where they will show all the elements of their training and equipment’’.
‘’Military-technical cooperation, which takes place in the best way on the basis of the agreement of our presidents, is very important and in itself creates a good and solid foundation for comprehensive cooperation between Russia and Serbia’’, said Russian Ambassador Bocan-Kharchenko, adding that military-technical and military cooperation between Serbia and Russia is taking place in accordance with international agreements and norms, and in favor of stability in the region.
BRDM-2MMS reconnaissance vehicles donated by Russia to Serbia (Picture source: Serbian MoD)