Eurofighter Typhoon Set to be Serbia’s New Fighter?

7 03 2011

TangoSixBlog reports that the Eurofighter Typhoon has been put on the “extended wish list Serbian Air Force and unofficially placed on the upper part of the list.”

Back in June of 2010, Flight Global reported that Serbian officials were interested in the Eurofighter as it looked at possible candidates for a domestic fighter requirement likely to total around 20 aircraft.

In the Tango Six reports, it looks as if this interest is and “wish list” is currently being staffed up through the Serbian Air Force Command for further analysis by other departments in one of Serbia’s largest public procurement’s in history.

This is an interesting development as it came out at the same time that:

1. The UK announced that it would support Serbia’s EU membership ambitions by ratifying the Stabilization and Association Agreement (SAA) between the EU and Serbia. and

2. The Serbian and UK General Staff’s met in Belgrade to work on bilateral cooperation between the Serbian Armed Forces and the Armed Forces of the United Kingdom.


Sretenje 2011 – Airforce Photos @ Tango Six Blog

20 02 2011

Check out Tango Six Blog here to view some amazing pictures of aircraft from the Sretenje 2011 Exercise.



Photo of the Day: 204th Aviation Base Marks its Day

3 12 2010

Video: LASTA-95 Advanced Training Aircraft

26 11 2010

“LASTA-95” aircraft is designed for selection, initial and basic training of pilots, it offers low landing and takeoff speeds and pilot-friendly handling, forgiving potential errors by inexperienced pilots.

This training aircraft is distributed and marketed by the Serbian company YugoImport. In view of a domestic requirement and the potential for a strong export market, the Yugoslav government issued a directive to industry for the development of a new and highly maneuverable tandem-seat prop trainer. This was seen as a preferable option for the replacement of Utva 75, in use by the Yugoslav Air Force in the basic training role. The first prototype was completed by the spring of 1985. And, following completion of the initial testing phase, the first flight was achieved on September 2, 1985. Even at this stage the Lasta prototype has seen substantial changes; in the choice for a new propeller, changes in the weight and balance and an improved fuel and hydraulic system.

In January 1989, was issued a modified version – Lasta 2, a lighter, with shorter fuselage and a new electronics system including fire control Ferranti ISIS D-282. By early 1990s Utva, and her partner, have produced enough parts for the completion of 10 pre-production airframes. At the same time the Yugoslav Air Force has decided to cut the requirement to only 6 examples, and the remaining four were left unassembled and crated. The initial batch airframes received serials in the 54151 – 54156 range. Due to space and time constraints the Aviation Test Center, in Batajnica, could only accept 2 airframes for testing. These tests have established aircraft suitability and a recommendation for initial production was issued. With the early break-up of Yugoslavia, and the ensuing civil war, testing and production were abandoned and the airframes preserved at Utva factory in Pancevo. In late 2009, it was announced that Iraq would purchase 20 Lasta 95 aircraft. The Serbian Air Force is also interested in purchasing 16 Lasta 95’s. The first three Lasta 95s were transferred to Iraq on August 5, 2010.

With its specifications and updated avionics, the aircraft will ensure full pilot training for all elements of airplane application including:

• basic flying,
• figure flying,
• navigation flying,
• basic elements of night flying,
• category II instrumental flight,
• basic elements of gunning, rocketing and bombing (GRB)
• Light close air support of counterinsurgency operations and area patrol / light attack missions

Variants :
BASIC VERSION OF THE AIRCRAFT is built against the requirements for aerobatic category loads of
(nz_max = 6.0, nz_min = -3).

ARMED VERSION OF THE AIRCRAFT is built against the requirements for utility category with loads of
(nz_ max = 4.4, nz_ min = -1.8).


UTVA Lasta-95 Trainers Getting Prepared for Iraqi Airforce

23 11 2010

Photo Report: Anja Krneta – First Serbian Female Helicopter Pilot – Tango-Six

22 11 2010

View some great photos of the first ever Serbian female heli pilot Anja Krneta over at Tango-Six blog.

Serbia Takes Delivery of Two More Super Galeb trainers from Montenegro

27 10 2010

Burmese G-4 Super Galeb, seen before delivery at Mostar airfield in what is now Bosnia and Hercegovina. 1980's

Serbia’s air force has taken delivery of four Soko G4 Super Galeb advanced jet trainers from Montenegro, with a further two to be transferred soon.

Part of a 17-strong fleet left at Podgorica air base following the two states’ separation earlier this decade, the aircraft had been in dispute for nearly four years.

Under an agreement signed in April, Montenegro will exchange six G4s and some spare parts for the Mil Mi-8 transport helicopter for shares in the Novi Prvoborac company, airport equipment and “various documentation”.

The returned trainers will significantly boost Serbia’s operational fleet of G4s, which Flightglobal’s MiliCAS database lists at 14 aircraft. Montenegro had already donated it a simulator for the type.

Serbia hopes to conduct a modernisation programme for up to 15 Super Galebs. This should equip the aircraft with new avionics, communication and navigation equipment, and enable them to remain in use until around 2030.

The proposed G4MD programme would also add head-up displays, hands-on throttle and stick controls, guided weapons, targeting systems and countermeasures equipment.


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