Serbia Might Buy S-400; Turkey and Russia in Joint Patrol; Israeli Drone Comes Under Fire
PANAGYURISHTE, (BM) – Your briefly report on November 1 in last twelve hours from BulgarianMilitary.com:
Serbia considering asking Russia for long-term loan to purchase S-400 systems — media
The Serbian government is considering the purchase of Russian missile defense systems S-400 through obtaining a long-term loan, the Vecherne Novosti daily informed on Friday, citing its own sources.
“Serbia’s military and state leadership was impressed by the efficiency of the S-400 system [during the recent drills “Slavic Shield-2019″ with the participation of the Russian military]. In the coming months, they might hold talks with Moscow on acquiring a long-term loan for the purchase this missile defense system,” the newspaper wrote.
The daily reminded that a group of Serbian military officers had wrapped up joint drills with Russia using S-400 surface-to-air missile systems.
The Slavic Shield-2019 Russian-Serbian drills were held for the first time and consisted of two stages. The first stage took place in September at the Russian Aerospace Force’s combat training center in the southern Astrakhan Region. The second stage involved the teams of an S-400 air defense system and Pantsyr-S anti-aircraft missile/gun launchers of Russia’s Aerospace Force, and also Neva-M1T and Kub-M surface-to-air missile systems of Serbia’s Air Force and Air Defense Forces.
Turkey, Russia hold first joint patrol in northeast Syria
Turkish and Russian troops in armoured vehicles held their first joint ground patrols in northeast Syria on Friday under a deal between the two countries that forced a Kurdish militia away from territory near Turkey’s border.
Turkey and allied Syrian rebels launched a cross-border offensive on Oct. 9 against the Kurdish YPG militia, seizing control of 120 km (75 miles) of land along the frontier.
Last week, Ankara and Moscow agreed to remove the militia fighters to a depth of at least 30 km (19 miles) south of the border and Russia has told Turkey that the YPG left the strip.
Turkish armoured vehicles on Friday drove through country roads across the border to join their Russian counterparts, according to Reuters television footage filmed from the Turkish side of the border. Around four hours later, they returned to Turkey, the footage showed.
Ground and air units were involved in the patrol in the area of the Syrian border town of Darbasiya, the Turkish Defence Ministry said on Twitter, showing photos of soldiers studying a map and of four armoured vehicles.
Report: Israel drone comes under fire in southern Lebanon
A Lebanese security source said a loud explosion was heard near the southern Lebanese village of Nabatieh around 14.00 yesterday which could be caused by the downing of an Israeli drone.
The source added that “information indicates that a surface-to-air missile was fired from Nabatieh targeting the Israeli drone which fell in the vicinity of the town of Kafr Ruman.”
The Lebanese army imposed a security cordon in the area and launched an investigation, the source said.
Hezbollah claimed responsibility for downing the drone, a claim denied by the Israeli army.
“A short while ago, anti-aircraft fire was detected from Lebanese territory at an IDF [army] unmanned aerial vehicle. The aircraft was not damaged,” the army said in a statement.
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Source: TASS, Reuters, MEMO