At IDEX, the Serbian President announced that his country was ready to spend 3 billion euros to buy Rafale fighter jets.
During his visit to the IDEX defense exhibition in Abu Dhabi (United Arab Emirates), Serbian President Aleksander Vucic confirmed the increase in defense spending for Serbia: the 2023 budget thus provides for an amount of $1.5 billion, to which must be added an envelope that may include a maximum of $748 million more. The Serbian Armed Forces are looking to purchase new modern systems or modernize its assets, most of which were purchased from the Soviet Union or Russia; T-72MS, BRDM-2/2M, MiG-29, Mi-24/35M,... The various geopolitical constraints, international sanctions, etc. make the logistics of these systems very complicated, even too complicated! So much so that a purchase of new Russian aircraft
During his visit to IDEX, the Serbian President also clarified that another additional 3 billion euros (or $3.2 billion) was being considered for the purchase of Rafale aircraft, if the discussions with Dassault Aviation will result in a contract (according to the GIFAS). As a reminder, on April 11, 2022, Vucic had announced that discussions were underway with Dassault Aviation to purchase 12 Rafales as well as a possible Eurofighter order (more info here).
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