Serbia has agreed to buy nine H145M twin-engine multipurpose helicopters from Airbus under an agreement signed in Belgrade on 28 December.
Six of the helicopters will be delivered to the Serbian Ministry of Defence for use by the Serbian Air Force. The other three will be delivered to Serbian Ministry of Interior for use by its subordinated Helicopter Unit based at Belgrade Nikola Tesla international airport.
Also included is a comprehensive logistics package consisting of spare parts and tools as well as the technical documentation necessary for operational use and scheduled maintenance of new helicopters. Airbus Helicopters will also transfer to Serbia all the necessary expertise and know-how required for smooth operational use, maintenance, and repair of the helicopters.
Airbus Helicopters will also co-operate with Serbia in personnel training and the certification of the 'Moma Stanojlovic' aeronautical plant in Batajnica as an Airbus-authorised service centre for the maintenance of Gazelle light helicopters. Serbia retains a fleet of 45 former Yugoslav Gazelle helicopters, which feature engines built under licence in Serbia and airframes assembled by SOKO in Bosnia and Herzegovina.
Unconfirmed reports also suggest that Germany will donate an additional four used H145M helicopters to Serbia, to enable the Serbian Air Force to operate a fleet of 10 aircraft.
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