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Russian and Serbian pilots holding joint drills in Serbia.

| 2021

The Russian-Serbian Bars 2021 joint tactical exercise has started in Serbia [on October 13], the press office of Russia’s Defense Ministry said.

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Russian and Serbian pilots holding joint drills in Serbia 01 MiG-29 during BARS-2021(Picture source: Russian MoD)

“During the exercise, the flight personnel of both countries will practice combat maneuvering and dogfighting in pairs, attacks against low-speed targets with the use of [Mikoyan] MiG-29 [NATO reporting name: Fulcrum-D] fighters, airborne assault operations, evacuation of persons in distress, aerobatic maneuvers, combat employment and other tasks, using [Mil] Mi-8 [Hip] and Mi-35 [Hind] helicopters,” the press office said.

According to the press office, the exercise has brought together joint crews from both countries, flying MiG-29 planes, Mi-8 and Mi-35 helicopters.

“The maneuvers will involve about 10 aircraft of the Serbian air and air defense forces from the Batajnica and Ladevci airfields,” the press office added.

The exercise will last through October 16. The Russian military pilots had preliminarily studied aviation terms and radio exchange phrases in the Serbian language for more effective interaction as part of joint crews.

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Joint crews of Mi-35 helicopters have practiced tactical methods of combat use against ground targets at the range as part of BARS 2021 joint Russian-Serbian tactical flight exercise. The crews operated at low altitudes from 200 to 400 meters singly and as part of a pair (Picture source: Russian MoD)

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