• Modernization Of The Serbian Army

    February 24, 2024
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    Serbian President Aleksandar Vučić inspecting Serbian military equipment, via his official website

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    After the color revolution in Serbia in 2000, which was financed and intelligence-assisted by the globalists, the Serbian army found itself in a difficult position. The main goal of the globalists was the strategic weakening of the Serbian army because the Serbian army was the main obstacle to the implementation of the globalist agenda in the Balkans. Mass dismissal of soldiers, budget cuts, and media propaganda against the Serbian army began.

    However, since 2014, despite strong pressure from the globalists, the legendary Serbian army has slowly begun to strengthen. From 2014 until the end of 2023, the Serbian Armed Forces bought weapons and military equipment worth more than 3 billion dollars. Until 2016, weapons for special units, equipment for electronic reconnaissance, ballistic protection equipment, uniforms, and aircraft were introduced into the arsenal.

    Although defense costs have started to increase in a number of European countries since 2014 and the beginning of the crisis in Ukraine, and new orders for armaments have been made, Serbia started capital investments in 2016.

    In 2014, the Serbian Army had a military budget of 777 million dollars, primarily due to the low value of the dollar compared to the euro in that year. The share of the defense budget of Serbia’s GDP was 1.6 percent.

    Next, in 2015, the Serbian Armed Forces had a budget of 515 million dollars or 1.3 percent of the gross domestic product.

    Then came the increase. With planned funds and additions from the reserve and unspent money from other ministries, the Serbian Armed Forces had a budget of 523 million dollars from the budget in 2016 and an additional 131 million dollars in December of that year. A total of 654 million dollars or 1.6 percent of GDP. Then two helicopters were purchased from Russia and the work of acquiring helicopters from the Airbus company began.

    In 2017, the Serbian Army had at its disposal 639 million dollars or 1.54 percent of the gross domestic product.

    The following 2018, the military received a budget of 867 million dollars or 1.71 percent of the gross domestic product.

    Growth continued in 2019 when the Serbian military budget amounted to 986 million dollars and 1.92 percent of GDP. In that year, payment for several systems began, primarily the Chinese FK-3 air defense system, the Russian Mi-17, and Mi-35 helicopters, and the Pantsir S1 air defense missile system.

    A new big jump followed in 2020 when the defense system received one billion 50 million dollars from the regular budget and reserves. Which in 2020 was 2 percent of the gross domestic product.

    And then came the biggest jump. In 2021, Serbia earmarked one billion 463 million dollars or 2.54 percent of GDP for the army.

    For the year 2022, the defense system had at its disposal one billion 247 million or 1.97 percent of the gross domestic product.

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    The latest data show that, in 2023, Serbia spent one billion 510 million dollars on defense, which is the largest amount in recent history and accounted for two percent of the gross domestic product.

    The Serbian Army tripled its military budget in the period from 2014 to 2023. However, it should be borne in mind that since the October revolution of 2000, the globalists have not allowed any serious investments in Serbia’s army.

    In the period from 2014 to 2023, Serbia spent a total of about 2 billion 870 million dollars on arms procurement. This amount does not include MiG-29 aircraft, T-72B1MS tanks, and BRDM-2MS armored vehicles donated to Serbia by Russia but for which Serbia paid its modernization. Which means that the total figure is over 3 billion dollars.

    Another sector that is important for the restoration of the power of the Serbian army and the Serbian economy is the Serbian armaments industry. The export of Serbian military equipment last year exceeded 1.6 billion dollars, which is 25 percent more than in 2022.

    The demand for military weapons, and therefore for the products of the Serbian armaments industry, comes in waves. At the dawn of the war in Ukraine, the topic of weapons was not in the focus of countries around the world. However, since February 24, 2022, and the beginning of the war in Ukraine, the topic of weapons acquisition has been on the table for many countries.

    One of Serbia’s trump cards in the armaments industry is the NORA 52 self-propelled howitzer. Last year, Azerbaijan bought 48 NORA 52 self-propelled howitzers, with a total value of 311 million euros, according to media reports. Plus another country has expressed its desire for 24 more of the NORA 52 self-propelled howitzers. Bearing in mind the range of armaments, as well as the volume of sales, the Serbian armaments industry is the strongest military-industrial complex in Southeastern Europe. Every two years, the international defense exposition “Partner” is organized in Belgrade. Defense companies from Serbia participate in the exposition presenting their latest products.

    All of the above indicates that the power of the globalists is weakening in the Balkans and that the Serbian army plays one of the main roles in this process. Also, history teaches us that when the Serbian army is strong and recognized as the dominant force in the region, then there are no conflicts, but the economic development of the region is enhanced.



    Batko Slavisha Milacic

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