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Serbia to buy about 30 military helicopters in 2022-2023

Serbia to buy about 30 military helicopters in 2022-2023 Serbian Ministry of Defence

BELGRADE (Serbia), December 13 (SeeNews) - Serbia will buy about 30 military helicopters in the next two years, president Aleksandar Vucic said.

The Serbian military will procure 11 H-145 twin-engine choppers manufactured by Airbus Helicopters, four Mi-35 and three Mi-17 helicopters, as well as 11 used Mi-35s, Vucic said during a news conference on Sunday. The latter two models are manufactured by Mil Moscow Helicopter Plant, a subsidiary of Russian Helicopters company.

The government will invest 145 million euro ($163.4 million) in the defense industry in the first quarter of 2022, Vucic noted, adding that the funds will be used for the procurement of new equipment and machines, as well as for the modernization of existing ones.

In the following five years, the value of deals concluded between the Serbian military and the defense industry will surpass 1.25 billion euro ($1.41 billion), Vucic said.

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