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.