Serbia has requested the purchase of 20 fighter bombers

Serbia has requested the purchase of 20 fighter bombers, according to an announcement made by the Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic in June 2020. The International Defense magazine Janes reported that Serbia has shown interest to acquire 20 T-7A jets, an American/Swedish advanced jet trainer developed by Boeing in partnership with Saab AB.

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Serbia has requested the purchase of 20 fighter bombers 925 001 Russian Sukhoi Su-25 or American Boeing/SAAB T-7A aircraft for Serbia? (Picture editing Air Recognition)

Pro-government media reported that Serbia had officially asked the United States for 20 fighter-bombers, but Washington had not responded to the request. In case of United States does not give the green light for the same of aircraft, Serbia could purchase Russian aircraft Sukhoi-25.

The Serbian Armed Forces and its arms industry have since the Soviet-Yugoslavia period been dependent on Soviet/Russian technology.

In June 2016, Serbia received two Russian Mi17 utility helicopters that it purchased for 25 million Euros . In December 2016, the two countries signed a military-technical assistance agreement that allowed Serbia to receive as a gift: six Mikoyan MiG-29 fighters, 30 modernized T-72 main battle tanks, and 30 BRDM-2 armored vehicles. The fighters were delivered in October 2017, the armored vehicles are expected to be delivered in 2018.

In February 2020, Serbia has taken delivery of the first batch of Pantsir-S1 air defense missile system from Russia. According to news published on January 18, 2020, on Sputnik Russian press agency website, Russia and Serbia had signed a contract to purchase up to 6 Pantsir-S1 air defense systems.

On September 27, 2018, the United States Air Force (USAF) awarded the Boeing Company a contract, worth up to $9.2 billion, to procure 351 Advanced Pilot Training (APT T-X) aircraft and 46 Ground-Based Training Systems (GBTS) to replace the existing fleet of T-38C jet trainers. The U.S. Air Force had originally valued the contract at roughly $19.7 billion.

On September 16, 2019, Acting Secretary of the Air Force Matthew Donovan announced that in service, the T-X aircraft would be known as the T-7A Red Hawk.

The Sukhoi Su-25 Grach (NATO reporting name: Frogfoot) is a single-seat, twin-engine jet aircraft developed in the Soviet Union by Sukhoi. It was designed to provide close air support for the Soviet Ground Forces.

The Su-25 is armed with a30 m twin-barrel gun mounted under the fuselage. The aircraft is also fitted with 10 pylons able to carry air-to-air and air-to-ground weapon systems including Kh-23 (Nato codename AS-7 Kerry), Kh-25ML (AS-10 Karen) and Kh-29l (AS-14 Kedge) air-to-ground missile and R-3S (AA-2D Atoll) and the R-60 (AA-8 Aphid) air-to-air missiles.