Serbian MiGs airborne again thanks to Russian donation
The MiG 29 jets of the Serbian Air Force can fly again thanks to the batteries donated by the Russian Federation.Source: Tanjug
Defense Minister Bratislav Gašić and Chief of the General Staff Ljubiša Diković watched the first flight of one of the MiGs on radar on Tuesday.
Gašić said he was pleased the aircraft were back in service, but also by the fact that pilot training and maintenance of all the planes had been at a high level.
"Regardless of the great difficulties faced by the Serbian Army with financial restrictions that have been present since 2006, the military has succeeded in keeping its equipment very safe, and pilot training has also been uninterrupted," he stated.
The MiGs 29 were unfit to fly for a while due to battery issues, which are very important for safety, but the problem was solved thanks to the Russian donation.
Serbia's Prime Minister Aleksandar Vučić said two days ago that the batteries had arrived in Belgrade, and that Russian President Vladimir Putin "insisted on the donation."
"Serbia had issued a tender invitation, but Putin personally insisted on donating the batteries," Vučić noted, adding that he "was very grateful for the gift."
Thanks to this donation, Serbia will once again, after a long time, have sovereignty over its sky when it comes to patrolling.