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


Montenegrin Army Mountain Battalion Conduct Joint Ex “VRANJAK 2011”

4 03 2011

Members of the Montenegrin Army Mountain Battalion recently conducted Exercise  “VRANJAK 2011” in and around Vranjak, Kolasin (Montenegro).

The theme for the exercise was “scout patrols and ambushes”, mountain living and survival in the mountains. Conducting the exercise the Recon Group of the Montenegrin Army Mountain Battalion demonstrated ambushes, support for rapid reaction forces and evacuation procedures of personnel injured by avalanche by way of snowmobile.

The exercises are observed by members of the Army of the Republic of Macedonia who participated in joint ski training with the Montenegrin Army.

This exercise demonstrated the Mountain Battalion’s effectiveness in the domain of special operations in winter conditions.

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Montenegro Army Special Forces Brigade Conduct Exercise KRNOVO 2011

4 03 2011

Recently the Montenegrin Army Special Forces Brigade which includes: Special Forces platoon and the Reconnaissance Division infantry battalions, performed exercises in the Krnovo region of Vučja in Montenegro.

Ex KRNOVO 2011 was meant to exercise the Montenegrin SF troops “reconnaissance patrols in an ambush, ” mountain operations, winter survival and intelligence gathering.
The exercise also demonstrated the high level of training of Montenegro’s Army SF Brigade for executing tasks within the domain of the SF.


Military of Montenegro Partner Magazine – January 2011 Issue

4 03 2011

BiH Armed Forces and RS Mountain Rescue Perform Successful SAR Excercise

2 03 2011


Members of the BiH Armed Forces and the Mountain Rescue Service of the Republic of Srpska performed a successful rescue exercise on Mount Jahorina. For the exercise three helicopters, Mi-8,-Gazelle-UH1N from the BiH Armed Forces were used.

According the the BiH brigade commander of air forces , Colonel Zoran Dunović. “… one of the priority tasks of the Armed Forces is search and rescue in all weather conditions and today’s exercise, which was performed flawlessly demonstrated a high degree of training of the members of the Armed Forces and the Serbian Republic’s Mountain Rescue Service operating in Jahorina, ”


The exercise was conducted in conjunction with civilian structures dedicated to operations in complex winter conditions at an altitude above 1700 meters.

“Previous cooperation of the armed forces and the civil sector in BiH is very good, and we showed in the summer when we trained together rescue from fire and flood,”  Dunović told reporters.


He added that the modernization of aircraft and training is a top priority for the BiH air forces.

Miro Kalem, head of the Mountain Rescue Service Jahorina explained that this action simulated the rescue of three people who were lost due to bad weather in inaccessible mountain areas.

Kalem added that “The operation was performed very successfully and quickly, according to a joint plan of the Armed Forces and mountain rescue services,”


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.

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