Serbia Gets T-72MS Tanks & BRDM-2MS ARVs from Russia

Serbian Armed Forces have received T-72MS tanks and BRDM-2MS armoured reconnaissance vehicles donated by Russia. The total value of the donated vehicles is estimated at 75 million euros, said the Serbian Ministry of Defence in a statement.

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According to an agreement reached in Sochi by presidents Vučić and Putin, 30 BRDM-2MS armoured personnel carriers and 30 modernized T-72 MS tanks were delivered to the Serbian Armed Forces on  23 May. 

The first part of this donation, 11 T-72 tanks and 10 armoured personnel carriers, had been presented in Niš in November.

"We are deeply grateful to the Russian Federation, because this is a powerful reinforcement for the Serbian Armed Forces," said the Serbian Minister of Defence Nebojša Stefanović.

Serbian Armed Forces General Staff General Milan Mojsilović said that these vehicles will significantly improve the operational capabilities of the Serbian Armed Forces.

"Close military-technical cooperation based on the agreement between our presidents is very important and in itself creates a good and solid foundation for comprehensive cooperation between Russia and Serbia" - said the Russian Ambassador, Aleksandar Botsan-Kharchenko, adding that "military and military-technical cooperation between Serbia and Russia is in compliance with international agreements and norms, and contributes to stability in the region."

The T-72MS tank is an upgraded variant of the T-72 tank. The tank was upgraded at Russia’s 61st Armoured Overhaul Institute (BTRZ). The T-72MS tank weighs 44.5 tons with the maximum speed of 60 km/h. It is fitted with a 125mm gun and a 42-projectile combat set, a 7.62mm PKT machine gun with a 2,000-round combat set and a 12.7mm KORD machine gun with a 600-round combat set.
The BRDM-2MS armoured reconnaissance vehicle is intended for reconnaissance in all combat operations and for all types of reconnaissance on land and water. In addition, it can be used as covering force, combat with enemy covering force, for transporting messengers and liaison officers, as a means of communication, as a command vehicle, and for attacking enemy landing force.


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