At the Military Museum in Belgrade, a launcher of the S-125M SAM was installed, which shot down the F-117A aircraft
Serbian media reported that on March 23, 2017, in the Serbian Military Museum in Kalemegdan in Belgrade, an opening ceremony was held as an exhibit of the 5P73 launcher of the Soviet anti-aircraft missile system S-125M "Neva-M" installed there, with anti-aircraft missiles B-601PD. This launcher was part of the 3rd missile battalion of the 250th Air Defense Missile Brigade of the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia (FRY), on March 27, 1999, the American unobtrusive fighter-bomber Lockheed F-117A Nighthawk, who shot down over Serbia, was the loudest success Yugoslav military forces in the fight against NATO intervention.
The ceremony in Kalemegdan was timed to coincide with the 18th anniversary of the beginning of the NATO air campaign against the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia on March 24. The ceremony was attended by the State Secretary of the Ministry of Defense of Serbia Nenad Neric, representatives of the highest Serbian military command, officers and veterans of the 3rd missile battalion of the 250th SAM missile brigade.Installed in the Serbian Military Museum in Kalemegdan, Belgrade, as an exhibit, the 5P73 launcher of the S-125M Neva-M anti-aircraft missile system from the 3rd missile battalion of the 250th Air Defense Missile Brigade of the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia. 23.03.2017 (с) Ministry of Defense of Serbia
On the bmpd side, we point out that from 1977 to 1982 Yugoslavia received 12 divisions of the S-125M Neva-M missile system from the USSR, three technical battalions, 1205 B-601PD anti-aircraft missiles and three training missiles. In 1983, all Yugoslav complexes of the S-125M were modernized.
After the disintegration of the "big Yugoslavia", the air force and air defense of the FRY retained all the basic materiel of these complexes, which by the beginning of 1999 constituted the basis of the anti-aircraft defense of "small Yugoslavia", consisting of the 250th anti-aircraft missile brigade (Belgrade air defense, eight divisions of the S-125M SAM, Two reserve divisions, three reserve stations for the detection of the SNR-125M) and the 450th anti-aircraft missile regiment (Kraljevo, four S-125M divisions and the reserve station CHR-125).
During the repetition of the NATO air campaign in March-June 1999, it was the 3rd missile battalion of the 250th anti-aircraft missile brigade commanded by Colonel Zoltan Dani, who managed to achieve both reliably confirmed victories of the Yugoslav air defense in this conflict, having downed the US subtle on March 27, 1999 Fighter-bomber Lockheed F-117A Nighthawk, and on May 2 - American fighter Lockheed Martin F-16C.
The F-117A aircraft (USS 82-0806, the name "Something Wicked", the call sign "Vega 31"), piloted by the US Air Force Lieutenant Colonel Dale Zelko, was shot down by the B-601PD missile of the C-125M complex of the 3rd Missile Division near the Serbian village Bujanovtsi near the town of Rum (40 km west of Belgrade) on the evening of March 27, 1999. The aircraft was shot down by the standard method of aiming the missile with the use of the escorting station CHP-125M, without any thermal imaging devices. The pilot Dale Zelko ejected and after seven hours was taken out by an American search and rescue group by helicopter MN-53. This is the only reliable combat loss of the F-117A.
The Yugoslav 3rd Rocket Division of the 250th Anti-aircraft Missile Brigade changed its position 22 times during the 1999 fighting, was subjected to 23 strikes of HARM anti-radar missiles and two bomb strikes, and did not suffer losses in the material part and people. However, in general, during the campaign, the 250th anti-aircraft missile brigade lost as a result of the strikes of the NATO forces, the disused match of seven divisions of the S-125M SAM from the 10 available (together with the spare), and the 450th anti-aircraft missile regiment lost all four divisions .
The 250th anti-aircraft missile brigade still remains the backbone of the Serbian air defense system, now known as the 250th Air Defense Brigade (control in Banytsa, Belgrade) and having two divisions of the modernized S-125M1T SAM and three self-propelled ZKK 2K12 "Cub" divisions.Installed in the Serbian Military Museum in Kalemegdan in Belgrade as an exhibit, the 5P73 launcher of the S-125M Neva-M anti-aircraft missile system from the 3rd missile battalion of the 250th Air Force and Air Defense Alert of the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia, and the veterans of the unit, Who participated in the downing of the American low-profile Loclheed F-117A aircraft on 27.03.1999. 23.03.2017 (с) Ministry of Defense of Serbia