Janes Defence Weekly Features B-52 NORA Self-Propelled Artillery

12 03 2011

British military magazine “Jane’s Defence Weekly” published fairly lengthy article dedicated to the resurgent Serbian defence industry. Featured in the article were Serbia’s newly developed NORA B-52 self-propelled howitzer, the “Lazar” armored personnel carrier and “Alas” missiles.

Some facts featured by Janes regarding the the B-52 NORA

  • Equipped with 36 – 155mm projectiles
  • Automatic charging system ensuring high rate of fire.
  • Maximum range of up to 41.2 kilometers.
  • Future ammunition for the NORA will reach 65 kilometers and a laser-guided projectiles.
  • The NOR B-52 only takes a minute to deploy greatly increasing the chances of avoiding return fire from the enemy.
  • Includes computerized control system and GPS.
  • Crew and weapons are protected by armor providing protection from small caliber bullets, shrapnel and mines.
  • Combat weight of 34 tons
  • 410 horsepower diesel engine with maximum speed of 80 kph and an operating range of up to 1000 kilometers.

Protests in Kuwait Jepordize Serbia’s Military Industry Prospects

7 03 2011

As Kuwait’s Youth movement plans to protest at Safat Square in an aim to remove the Kuwaiti PM tomorrow, Serbia’s defence minister and military industry must be looking on nervously.

As the winds of the “Jasmine Revolution” sweep across Egypt, Tunisia, Libya and Bahrain to reach the Kuwaiti capital – Serbia’s military industry and the hard work of its Defence Minister Dragan Sutanovac may be in jeopardy.

Over the last couple of years, Serbia and Kuwait have reached a number of agreements regarding military cooperation, education and trade. Most notably, Serbian construction firms are hoping to build a military hospital in Kuwait and to overhaul Kuwait’s M-84 Main Battle Tanks that were sold to Kuwait by the Former-Yugoslavia.

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.

Photo of the Day: Arms Production At Zastava Arms

5 03 2011

An employee rests next to partly completed weapons on the production line at the Zastava Arms factory, in Kragujevac, Serbia, on Tuesday, June 22, 2010. Zastava Arms produces the M21 rifle which has already been sold to Macedonia, and international forces deployed in Iraq. Photographer: Oliver Bunic/Bloomberg

Serbian Army Equiped with Heckler & Koch HK416?

2 03 2011

This picture above is of a Serbian Armed Forces member on UN Mission in Chad firing what may his newly issued Heckler & Koch HK416.

Recently during the Serbian Armed Forces celebration Usce 2011, it caught the eye of Balkan Monitor that the HK416 may be Serbia’s newest battle rifle along with the 5.55mm (NATO) chambred Zastava M-21.

Balkan Monitor is keeping an eye out for this possibly interesting development. Although numerous types of equipment, such as M4s and FAMAS, are abundant with the Serbian Special Forces – the HK416 is possibly the best M4 style rifle the Serbs could have chosen.









Impact of Libyan Sanctions on Serbia

1 03 2011

For a while now Serbia does not export weapons to Libya, which means that the impact of UN sanctions/embargo on exporting arms and military equipment to Libya will have a very limited impact on Serbia.

Serbia’s time of exporting arms to Libya passed with the dissolution of the former Yugoslavia when once upon a time Yugoslavia sold to Libya some 140 “Galeb” and “Jastreb” aircraft produced in Yugoslavia produced .

Currently, the Libyan air-force has retired their “Jastreb” fleet  while the remaining 80 “Galeb G-2” units, that were refit by Serbia in 2008, are mainly used for training.

Serbian Infrastructure Projects in Libya

Where Serbian companies may face some setbacks is in the building of a large military hospital in Libya, which once built, was to initially be under Serbian management while Libyan doctors and other medical personnel attended school in Serbia.

Another plan that has been stopped in its tracks is the construction of three military factories, one in Libya and the other two in neighboring North African nations.

Impact on Other Nations – Montenegro

Meanwhile, UN sanctions on Libya are expected to effect Montenegro’s defense industry, particularly “Arsenal” of Tivat engaged in the overhaul of Libyan warships.

Serbian Arms Industry Hot Item at IDEX 2011

26 02 2011

Source: Janes.com

At the 10th International Defence Exhibition and Conference held at the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre, Serbian state-owned Yugoimport-SDPR (Hall 12, Stand C25) is emphasising its wide range of capabilities at IDEX this year, including the Lazar (8×8) multirole armoured vehicle, Atlas 25km range missile and an expanding range of self-propelled (SP) artillery systems.

Its most powerful SP artillery system is the NORA B-52 155mm truck-mounted gun howitzer, which has already been produced in production quantities. This is based on a 8×8 cross-country truck chassis, on the rear of which is mounted a turret armed with a 155mm 52 calibre weapon, which is traversed to the front for travelling and fi res over the rear arc when deployed.

The NORA B-52 is provided with a total of 36 rounds of separate loading 155mm ammunition (projectile and charge). The installation of an automatic loading system, which fi rst loads the 155mm projectile and then the charge system, enables a high rate of fi re to be achieved.

Maximum range depends on the projectile/charge combination, but fi ring an extended range full bore base bleed projectile, a range of 41.2km can be obtained.

Future ammunition improvements include a velocity enhanced projectile, which will have a range of up to 65km, and a laser-guided artillery projectile for precision effect. This system takes only one minute to come into action and a similar time to come out of action, which increases its survivability against counter-battery fire.

Standard equipment includes a computerised fi re control system and a land navigation system. Ballistic protection is provided for the crew and weapon against small arms fi re, shell splinters and some mines.

Combat weight is 34 tonnes, with the 410hp diesel engine giving a maximum road speed of 80km/h and an operating range of up to 1,000km.

A lighter version without the armour protection system is called the NORA B-52-KE, with a combat weight of 27.4 tonnes.

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