Odin of Ossetia wrote:George1 wrote:Serbia received the first helicopter H145M
They could not buy military helicopters from Russia?
Yes we can and we do. Routinely.
First batch of Mi-171s has been delivered with more in the pipeline. Mi-35s should be ordered soon as well.
H154M is replacement for Gazelles which we have crapload of.
And Russians don't make any armed helicopters in that weight class. Hilarious, I know...
Local approach is European light helicopters and heavy Russian ones.
In both cases no need for too much alterations in training or maintenance.
Odin of Ossetia wrote:And why not buy a Russian anti-aircraft defense system, instead of buying it from France?...
1) We don't know if arms shipments from Russia will be intercepted by military superpower like Romania against which Russia is completely powerless as has been demonstrated countless times in practice (most recently several days ago when they stopped shipment of 30 T-72 tanks from Russia)
2) This is also about buying political favors, Arab style. And given most recent invitation to Hague I'd say it could be working (jury is still out on this so we'll have to wait and see)
Speaking of which we also bought 3 Airbus Super-Pumas for local cops.
Odin of Ossetia wrote:...I think you still have a puppet government in Serbia.
Maybe, maybe not but surely you understand that not everyone can have such completely independent defense and foreign policy like one that Poland has?
And considering that unlike before we are actually acquiring weapons instead of giving them up (2000s) or letting them rot away (1990s) I would go on a limb here and call it bit of an improvement.