He got a taste of the Rafale to see if he would shop at the same store
On Thursday, October 20, 2022 and as part of his official visit to Greece, the Chief of the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Serbia, General Milan Mojsilović, visited the 114th Fighter Wing (FM) in Tanagra, where he was received by the Director of the Operations Branch of the General Staff (I) Antonios Panidis as the representative of the Chief of General Staff General Konstantinos Floros.
During his visit, he was informed about the mission and the work of 114 AM and was guided to the facilities of 332 Squadron, which has been joined by the first 6 RAFALE F3R of the Air Force.
France’s Liberation writes that Serbia-France negotiation on Rafale purchase “disarms pro-Europeans”
Paris is currently negotiating the sale of twelve fighter jets to Belgrade.
Serbian pro-Europeans are worried about seeing French-Serbian economic relations strengthened without conditions for democratic reform, while their country is on an authoritarian tilt.
The French newspaper refers to the close relations acquired by Emmanuel Macron and his counterpart Aleksandar Vucic and the passionate embraces at Prague Castle on October 6, in the context of the first summit of the European Political Community which brings together the leaders of 44 countries. “As always, wherever we are, a warm meeting with a friend,” the Serbian president captioned the photo on Instagram.
In diplomatic circles, relations between the two men are said to have been excellent since Emmanuel Macron’s visit to Belgrade in July 2019.
As a sign of this good understanding, France is currently negotiating the sale of twelve new Rafales to Serbia.
According to information from Liberation, discussions are well advanced and flight tests took place in July.
Serbia would then be the seventh country to buy the Dassault plane in the world and the third in Europe, after Greece and Croatia.
In theory, Croatia and Serbia could use their new weapons in a future Balkan conflict.
We remind you that Serbia wants to acquire new aircraft in order to anticipate the withdrawal of the thirteen MiG-29 “Fulcrum”.
It is also a matter of streamlining its air force, which operates three different types of aircraft (including the Soko J-22 Orao and Soko G-4 ‘Super Galeb’).
That said, the potential Rafale order will have to clear some hurdles… A candidate for the European Union (with, moreover, the support of France), Serbia cultivates a strong closeness with Russia… but also with China.
Recently, Serbian forces received three Chinese-designed FK-3 air defense systems.
Finally, it is worth noting that a few days ago Rafale of the French forces participated in a combined exercise in Serbia.