Serbian President, Aleksandar Vučić officially inducted six Chinese CH-92A attack/reconnaissance drones into the country’s armed forces on Saturday.
Speaking on the occasion, President Vučić said that Serbia had procured six unmanned aerial vehicles in the People's Republic of China.
The Drones had arrived in Serbia earlier this week on July 2. Six more are on order and expected to arrive by this year end.
The induction ceremony was held at the military airport in Batajnica. Besides President Vučić, the ceremony was attended by the Chief of the General Staff of the Serbian Army, General Milan Mojsilović, and the Commander of the Air Force and Air Defense, General Duško Žarković, Serbian military news website, TangoSix reported.
President Vučić said the deal includes technology transfer from the Chinese side which will help Serbia’s develop Serbia’s own drone program, ‘Pegasus.’ He said the deal with China includes 18 missiles (FT-8C or FT-8D- to be confirmed) and that his country would buy more as needed. The drones and missiles had proven themselves in the conflict in Yemen, he said (Chinese drones- believed to be the larger Wing Loong - have been noticed to be deployed by Saudi Arabia in the War in Yemen. Besides, these drones have recently surfaced in Libya, believed to be supplied by UAE to the Haftar militia).
The CH-92A drones, also called ‘Rainbow’ have an operating radius of about 250 kilometers and maximum altitude of 5,000 meters, with a speed of around 200 KMPH. It can stay in the air for up to 9 hours.
In addition to reconnaissance and attack, the drones can be used for target location and tracking. They can direct artillery fire including laser-guided rounds.
In addition to the 6 CH-92A drones and missiles, the deal includes command stations, several remote video terminals and other accompanying equipment.