Serbia appears close to buying 12 Rafale fighters

Serbia buy Rafale France
Dassault Rafale multirole fighters.

Serbia appears to be close to finalizing a deal with Dassault Aviation to buy 12 new Rafale multi-role fighters, according to French media.

Belgrade and Dassault Aviation initially discussed the purchase of six aircraft, which were later increased to 12, La Tribune said Tuesday.

The re-election of the incumbent president of Serbia Aleksandar Vucic on Sunday seems to facilitate the process, according to La Tribune.

After Croatia bought 12 used Rafale jets from France in November 2021, Vucic hinted that Serbia could also purchase the same aircraft.

"The Rafale is a remarkable plane, I would like if we could buy new ones," Vucic said in an interview with private Serbian broadcaster TV Prva in December.

The potential acquisition of Rafale jets would allow Serbia to modernize the Serbian Air Force's fighter fleet which is currently comprised of older Soviet-made MiG-21 and MiG-29 aircraft.

What about the replacement of Serbian SOKO G-4 Super Galeb and SOKO J-22 Orao ground attack aircraft? See our previous analysis.

Written by Matteo Sanzani

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