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Russian and Serbian military aircraft commence week-long joint exercises in Serbia

Russian, Serbian warplanes commence joint military drills in Serbia

Russian and Serbian military aircraft have commenced week-long joint exercises in Serbia, the Russian Defense Ministry says.

According to Press TV, in a statement on Monday, the ministry said pilots from both countries had kicked off (Brotherhood of Aviators of Russia and Serbia) BARS-2021 joint tactical drills earlier in the day.

“In the course of the drills, the flight personnel of both countries will practice combat maneuvering and a dogfight by pairs of aircraft, attacks by MiG-29 fighters against low-speed targets, airborne assault operations and the evacuation of those in distress, aerobatic maneuvers, combat employment and other designated tasks flying Mi-8 and Mi-35 helicopters,” TASS quoted the statement by the ministry as saying.

MiG-29 fighters and helicopters of the Serbian Air Force were involved in the exercises, which, since 2015, have been held annually and alternately on the territory of the two countries.

“The maneuvers will involve about 10 aircraft of the Serbian Air Force and Air Defense Troops from the Batajnica and Ladevci military airfields,” the Russian Defense Ministry further said, noting that the drills have brought together joint crews from both countries.

The drills will last through October 16, the ministry specified, adding that Russian pilots were preliminarily trained in aviation terminology and phraseology of radio exchange in the Serbian language.

On September 27, TASS quoted an unnamed military source as saying that BARS-2021 would involve the Pantsir-S air defense systems that would arrive from Russia.

The joint drills will also involve artillery air defense systems, as well as the Neva-M1T and Kub-M systems of the Serbian Armed Forces, the source added at the time.

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