Serbia Received All Six Russian MiG-29 Fighter Jets as Part of Military Aid

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Two MiG-29s arrived on Wednesday from Russia to Belgrade, thereby completing the delivery of six fighters within the framework of the Russian military-technical assistance to Serbia, the Tanjug news agency reported citing its own source in the country's Defense Ministry.

BELGRADE (Sputnik) — According to the report, the two planes in disassembled condition were delivered by an An-124 heavy transport plane to Batainitsa military airfield on Wednesday afternoon, while two more arrived on Tuesday, and the first two — on Monday.

All six fighter jets, which Russia is handing over to Serbia as military-technical assistance, should be delivered by October 6, the source specified.

In December 2016, then-Serbian Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic announced that Belgrade would receive six Mikoyan MiG-29 fighter jets, as well as 30 T-72S tanks and 30 BRDM-2 armored scout vehicles, as part of a Russian military aid package.

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Since then, the two countries have issued different delivery timeframes, including by this year-end. The source has now told Sputnik that the aircraft are set to be first demonstrated on October 20, during a national military parade, which will mark the anniversary of the liberation of Belgrade in the Second World War.

The assembling of the fighter jets will be done with the assistance of Russian experts.

Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu has been invited to the parade. Russian aerobatic performance group Strizhi, the Swifts, may also take part in the celebrations. 

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