Serbian helicopters purchased from Russia get crews

Serbian helicopters purchased from Russia get crews

Belgrade, July 7, 2016/Independent Balkan News Agency

By Milos Mitrovic

Mi-17 V5 helicopters, which Serbia has purchased from Russia, have been transported to military airport in Batajnica near Belgrade today.  The aircrafts have been taken over by the personnel of the 890 combined helicopter squadron, Serbian defense ministry stated.

The ceremony in Batajnica was led by commander of air force and air defence, major general Ranko Zivak who has saluted the crew of the first Mi-17 V5 helicopter.

General Zivak wished the crew safe flights underlining that this was historic day for them but also for Serbian Army and its air force and air defence.

Lieutenant colonel Miroslav Zecevic, commander of the 890 combined helicopter squadron said that the new aircrafts would improve operational capability and training of his unit.

“The retraining is ahead us. Our objective is to safely conduct the retraining of the pilots and technical stuff in order to make these helicopters operationally functional. This will be our priority in the first half of 2017”, Zecevic explained.

Earlier this week, the Serbian Army officially became the owner of the Mi-17 V5 helicopters.