The Serbian Air Force received two new Mi-17-V5 helicopters bought from Russia, the Evening News news portal reported. The helicopters handover ceremony was held at the Batajnica Air Base, a military air base in Serbia, on July 6.
The head of the ceremony was the commander of air force and air defence, major general Ranko Zivak. He saluted the crew of the first Mi-17 V5 helicopter and wished them to have safe flights. Ranko Zivak stressed that this day was a historic one for the Serbian Air Force and Air Defense, as well as for the whole of the Serbian Army.
According to the commander of the 890 combined helicopter squadron, lieutenant colonel Miroslav Zecevic, the new aircrafts will improve operational capability and training of his unit.
“Now our goal is to retrain pilots and technical personnel in order to use fully this type of helicopters. This will be the main task in the first half of the next year,” the commander of the squadron said.
The agreement for the manufacturing and supply of helicopters, signed between Serbia and Russia in September 2015, was fulfilled on time. It also provided for retraining pilots of the Serbian Air Force and technical personnel that will be carried out by the Russian side.