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D&S 2017: Serbs showcasing arms in Thailand

8th November 2017 - 13:23 GMT | by Wendell Minnick in Bangkok


Belgrade-based Yugoimport-SDPR exhibited a wide array of new weapon systems at the Defence & Security 2017 expo, held in Bangkok from 6-9 November.

'Our participation in this exhibition is aimed at presenting Serbian defence industry capabilities, as well as the development and production programme of Yugoimport-SDPR,’ said a company representative. Yugoimport is operated by the government of the Republic of Serbia.

Products exhibited as models ranged from armoured vehicles to high-speed patrol boats to UAVs.

Land warfare products included the new self-propelled Shumadia multiple launch rocket system. It is mounted on an 8x8 chassis and can fire ‘correctable artillery rockets’ with a circular error probability of less than 50m in inertial navigation system/GPS mode. It can fire either eight 285km-range Yerina-1 (Y-1) rockets (200kg warhead) or six 70km-range Y-2 rockets.

The company also displayed the new 155mm Nora-B52 K1 truck-mounted howitzer equipped with semi-automatic breechblock and a powder chamber self-operating system, automatic line of sight, GPS/INS navigation and fire control system. It is an upgraded version of the Nora-B52 KE.

Yugoimport showed the new 8x8 Lazar 3 multirole armoured vehicle. Capable of a speed of 110km/h, the 28t vehicle has a turret armed with a 30mm automatic cannon, coaxial 7.62mm machine gun and it can be equipped with optional weapon systems: a 30mm automatic grenade launcher, 12.7mm heavy machine gun or antitank gun.

Also exhibited was the new 4x4 Milosh (BOV M16) multipurpose armoured combat vehicle. The 14t Milosh is available as command, reconnaissance, ambulance and tactical variants. Powered by a 300hp Cummins ISB 300 diesel engine capable of 110km/h, it has an anti-mine protection standard of NATO STANAG 4569 Level 2.

The company exhibited three maritime patrol craft, including one stealthy high-speed platform. The stealthy Premax Fast Patrol-Interceptor (FPV-1) high-performance assault vessel is capable of 50kt speeds. It has a standard crew of four depending on the task, with mission options that include the rapid insertion of up to 20 troops, patrolling, anti-trafficking/anti-smuggling, escorts and search and rescue. 

The company also displayed a concept model of the Advanced Stealth Vessel 12, but did not reveal any additional details. 

The third vessel exhibited was the Multirole Fast Combat Boat capable of 40-45kt speeds and ...

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