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.

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.

A Renewed Serbian Military Industry Ripe for Foreign Investment

7 02 2011

Source: Radio Televizija Srbije
Translated from Serbian by Balkan Monitor

Serbia’s military industry factories have managed to restore production and return their products to the international market, despite the damage suffered due to sanctions and NATO bombing. Although new jobs are expected to continue to increase due to exports, additional investment is necessary to modernize and increase production safety.

Serbian producers and arms exporters, who last year recorded a significant increase in production and exports, are gearing up for Serbia’s bi-annual arms fair “Partner 2011” (Website: http://www.armamentfairbelgrade.com/), which in June 2011 will bring to Belgrade over 100 exhibitors.

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Despite the NATO bombing of Serbia in 1999 and sanctions making it illegal for Serbia to export its arms, Serbian military factories have since resumed production and returned their products to the international market. Given the green light from the United States Serbia’s arms industry currently exports 90 percent of its production.

Rade Gromović, general manager of Zastava Arms says that in the last four years the largest export of Serbia’s military industry has been to countries engaged in UN peacekeeping missions, Iraq and Afghanistan all through American companies.

Gromovic cited that Serbia’s exports mainly consist of small arms, automatic rifles, machine guns. Recently, Zastava Arms exported 20,000 pieces of its CZ-99 semi-automatic pistol to Iraq.

Exports worth 1.2 billion dollars US

In the last three years exports of Serbian arms and military equipment was worth 1.2 billion US dollars.

“The revenue goes to the defense industry factories and into public enterprises.” said Deputy Defense Minister Elias Pilipović.

“About 50 per cent of that profit is received by the Serbian Ministry of Finance to invest in the development and reconstruction of technological capacity. This is not sufficient enough to make a technological leap as expected as Serbia’s military industry requires significantly higher investment aprart current activities from their financial resources we invest.” [Emphasis by Balkan Monitor] says Nenad Miloradović, Assistant Director-General Jugoimport SDPR.

The seven defense industry factories in Serbia employ nearly 9,000 people and since 2007 2,000 workers have retired and 3,000 new workers were taken on causing a shift in worker qualification and the age structure of the Serbian military industry.

Serbia estimates that the modernization of its military factories in the next three years will be around 45 million euros.

Balkan Monitor: Judging from the tone of this article and particularly the above quote from Nenad Miloradovic, Serbia may be looking for foreign investors in its military industry as currently this sector is run and funded by the state.


JDW 27-Jan-2011 Serbia considers military privatisation as exports soar

from Jane’s Defence Weekly

The value of Serbia’s defence exports has jumped 229 per cent to USD247 million since 2007 while the payroll of the country’s military industries has swelled by 33 per cent to 9,000 employees, Defence Minister Dragan Sutanovac has said. Sutanovac added – in comments posted on the Serbian Ministry of Defence (MoD) website on 24 January – that the privatisation of Serbia’s military ventures is now under consideration, with a view to investing proceeds from partial privatisation in plant … – 2011/01/27 00:00:00

Zastava Arms Ready to Overhaul 149 Tanks for Kuwait

17 01 2011

At a Kuwaiti-manned outpost during Operation Desert Shield, a Kuwaiti M-84 MBT demonstrates its ability to lay a smoke screen.

Serbian arms factory “Zastava Arms” of Kragujevac is ready to engage in the overhaul and modernization of 149 M-84 tanks the former Yugoslavia exported to Kuwait.

The value of this work is expected to total around 400 million USD and if implemented will include the participation of more companies from Serbia and the region.

Zastava Arms factory director Rade Gromović said that “Zastava” participated in the production of the Kuwaiti tanks as a weapons supplier of the 12.7 mm heavy machine gun and anti-aircraft machine guns.

“We are, as the actual manufacturer of the item and are ready to overhaul the domain of the sub-weapons as a full participant with our strategic partner Jugoimport SDPR, which will be the holder of this work” -Gromović said.

He said that the Kragujevac factory of arms is an accredited and licensed supplier of UN forces in arms and military equipment.

“This market covers peacekeeping forces in the Middle East, Iraq, Afghanistan and African countries” -said Gromović.

Gromović pointed out that the foreign market is a great interest for the company’s long range sniper rifle automatic “Black Arrow”, whose 2011 production is already pre-sold.

In addition to the Serbian Army (VS), which commissioned the development and procurement of the “Black Arrow” .50 cal. sniper rifles, there are contractual terms with the Ministry of Defence of Indonesia, the Jordanian Ministry of Police and several other countries making 2011 planned production of the rifle pre-sold.

In 2011, “Zastava Arms” will continue to equip the Serbian military with M 21 automatic rifles noting that “as the Serbian army adopted the rifle raises a very important reference for all potential buyers in the world.”

Source: eKapija

Serbian Defence Industry Sets Sights on Kuwait and Libya

10 01 2011

Serbia’s Defence Minister Dragan Sutanovac said there are ongoing negotiations with Kuwait to overhaul their Yugoslav-made M-84 tanks and for the construction industry to work on some large projects, like the military hospital in Libya, reports Tanjug news agency.

The M-84 main battle tank is a Yugoslavian version of the Soviet T-72. Some changes from the T-72 include a domestic fire-control system, improved composite armor, and a 1000-hp engine. The M-84 entered service with the Yugoslav People’s Army in 1984. The improved M-84A version entered service a few years later.

”This year is extremely important for the defence and the related industry because we wish to close more deals,” he stated, adding that the 2010 defence industry contracts totalled about USD1.2 billion.

The 2011 plans mostly refer to ”the overhaul and modernization of the tanks in Kuwait, but we also wish to provide work for our construction industry and do large projects, like the construction of the military hospital in Libya,” he remarked.

The overhaul job is being negotiated, but the Serbian defence industry has definitely proven its potential, he stated, adding that it would serve to integrate the eastern and western defence industries.

”I believe we can get that contract, and it would be worth hundreds of millions of dollars, depending on the deadlines,” Sutanovac argued, adding that the job puts Serbia back on the map as a small but very strong country when it comes to the defence industry.

Source: Ansamed

The Economist: Serbia’s Arms Industry is Flourishing

10 01 2011

SERBIA’S victory in the 2010 Davis Cup proved, say Serbs, that it has the best tennis players in the world. It claims to be the world’s largest raspberry exporter. But the latest boast may come as more of a surprise: that the country’s once-renowned arms industry is making a comeback.

Before it fell apart in the wars of the 1990s, the former Yugoslavia was a big arms exporter. NATO damaged many of Serbia’s weapon factories in 1999 during the Kosovo war. But the industry has started to recover. In 2008 Serbian military exports were worth $200m. Last year they brought in twice that sum (not including a $400m contract, signed in November, to build three arms factories in Algeria). Yugoimport-SDPR, the trading arm for six of Serbia’s main producers, says sales have been growing by 30% a year since 2002. Defence accounts for 4% of Serbian exports and 10,000 jobs.

The industry is also growing in sophistication. Until 2007, says Dragan Sutanovac, the defence minister, ammunition accounted for the vast bulk of Serbian military exports. Many of the ammunition plants in the former Yugoslavia, including the Sloboda factory in Cacak, which was damaged by a series of (probably accidental) explosions on December 27th, were located in Serbia. But in the past few years Serbian companies have begun exporting modernised versions of older mobile howitzers, training planes and fire-control and anti-tank rocket systems.

Serbian officials seeking out new business are renewing contacts first made in the cold-war days, when Yugoslavia was a leading light of the non-aligned movement, says Daniel Sunter, editor of Balkan Intelligence, a newsletter. “We took out the books from the past,” says Mr Sutanovac. North Africa is a main target. Serbs receive a warm (and nostalgic) welcome in countries such as Libya, where many senior officers fondly recall their training in Belgrade more than 20 years ago.

The new year may offer some big prizes. Mr Sutanovac says Serbia is close to signing a $500m agreement to build a military hospital in at least one Arab country. He also hopes to win a $400m contract to modernise 149 M-84 tanks that Yugoslavia exported to Kuwait in 1991.

The M-84 was assembled in Croatia from components made throughout Yugoslavia. Now those ties are being restored. Serbian, Bosnian and Macedonian arms companies are working together, and a Serbia-Croatia defence agreement signed in June also envisages co-operation. If Serbia wins the Kuwait contract, says Mr Sutanovac, some of the work will probably be shared between Bosnian, Croatian and Slovene companies.

Mr Sutanovac says that NATO has given the Serbian arms industry the go-ahead to export to its armies. Much modernising remains to be done before that can begin in earnest. Still, says Mr Sutanovac, defence sales are the country’s fastest-growing industry after agriculture. Guns are also worth rather more than raspberries.

Source: The Economist

Video: Overview of the Latest Serbian Military Equipment

3 12 2010

As seen on Serbian TV – The latest in Serbian military equipment and tech.

Zastava’s new M-21 assault rifle, the Lazar MRAP, the self-propelled artillery system NORA B52 K1, Krusik’s BUMBAR “Bumble Bee” AT-Rocket, UTVA’s new Lasta-95 and Serbian soldiers wearing their new M-10 digi uniforms.


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