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Serbia received Chinese reconnaissance and attack drones CH-92A [video]

BELGRADE, (BM) – The Ministry of Defense of Serbia announced on July 4, in the presence of the President of Serbia, Alexander Vučić, the official ceremony of acceptance of 6 new reconnaissance and strike UAVs CH-92A made in China, learned BulgarianMilitary.com.

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The event took place at the air base to them. Colonel Milenko Pavlovich in Batainitsa. CH-92A provide the ability to conduct reconnaissance from the air and strike at ground targets with the use of laser-guided missiles.

As A. Vučić noted at the ceremony, UAVs acquired in China allow hitting targets from a distance of up to 9 km and at the same time conduct reconnaissance, determining the location of units and objects in the interior of the enemy’s territory. To date, the Serbian Armed Forces have received 18 missiles, but plan to acquire an additional batch.

These ammunition is relatively inexpensive (according to unofficial information about 50 thousand dollars) and has already been used in conflicts, preserving the lives of crews when attacking the enemy.

The President also pointed out the importance of reaching an agreement with China on the transfer of technologies necessary for the gradual integration of the national Pegasus UAV into the armed forces.

The CH-92A is equipped with a pusher twin-blade propeller mounted in the rear, has a V-tail and a three-leg chassis. Serbian Armed Forces were the first in the region to acquire the CH-92A, whose range exceeds 250 km, the maximum flight altitude is 5000 m, and the speed is about 200 km / h. In the bow mounted observation unit.

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Judging by the photo, FT-8C missiles were delivered along with the UAV (weight – about 18 kg, launch range – 6.8 km). CH-92A is a multifunctional system that can be used to perform a wide range of tasks, including reconnaissance, determining the coordinates of detected ground targets, automatically tracking moving ground targets, adjusting artillery fire and assessing the results of fire destruction, striking with laser-guided missiles, target designation by others laser-guided ammunition.

As TsAMTO reported, for the first time information on the development of the CH-92 UAV, which is an improved version of the CH-91, was published in 2012.

The maximum take-off weight of the basic version of the CH-92 developed by the Chinese state corporation China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation (CASC) is 300 kg, the payload mass is 60 kg, the wingspan is 8.1 m, the height is 1.6 m, the length is 4.3 m. The stated flight duration of this version is about 8 hours, height – up to 5950 m.

According to unofficial data, the maximum take-off mass of the CH-92A UAV delivered by the Serbian Armed Forces is 380 kg, and the payload mass is 75 kg.

In September 2018, the Acting Assistant Minister of Defense of Serbia for Material Resources, Nenad Miloradovic, who, together with President Alexander Vučić, visited China to participate in the Summer Davos forum, announced that he had reached an agreement on the supply of seven Chinese-made UAV assault kits.

The first two systems will include three UAVs, ground control stations and remote video terminals. It was assumed that five sets would be produced in Serbia using Chinese technology. Somewhat earlier, A. Vučić stated that the cost of 2-3 UAV sets purchased in China would be $ 30 million.

In turn, in November 2019, N. Miloradovich said that one of the reasons for the purchase of Chinese-made UAVs was an agreement to transfer a number of technologies to finalize the national Pegasus UAV.

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In particular, Pegasus should be able to launch a Chinese FT-8D air-to-surface missile (mass 8 kg, launch range 5 km).

Serbia announced its plans to buy weapons from Israel

As we reported on March 5 Serbia’s President Alexander Vucic announced his plans to buy weapons from Israel and open an “official state office” in Jerusalem during AIPAC’s annual conference in Washington at the weekend.

Vucic added that a diplomatic office would follow, bearing Serbia’s national flag.

“We’re trying to find the best possible way to do something officially in Jerusalem,” he explained. “We have always had a good relationship with Jews, throughout history. We love the Jewish people, we have always had a great relationship and we’ll do our best to improve our relationship.”

According to an interview in the Jerusalem Post, Vucic said that the arms purchase from Israel will “not be a small delivery”.

In response to questions about the pro-Palestine Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions (BDS) campaign in Western Europe, Vucic claimed that it is non-existent in Serbia. His country, he insisted, is “not a fertile ground for anti-Semitic [sic] messages.”

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Welcoming the Trump “peace plan”, Vucic claimed that it is up to the Palestinians and Israelis to reach agreement on border disputes. Nevertheless, “We will always to do our best to align our interests with Israel.”

Since taking office in 2012, Vucic has had a close relationship with Israel. His official visit to the occupation state in 2014 was the first by a Serbian Prime Minister.

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