Rafale M landing on a carrier. Picture &#8211 MBDA

The Serbian authorities is near to signing a contract for the order of French-designed fighter jets. 

This 7 days, Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic designed a visit to France, in which he held conversations with his French counterpart Emmanuel Macron around a possible sale of Dassault Rafales. Speaking to media on Tuesday, Vucic mentioned, “The contract is predicted to be signed in the future two months and in the presence of the president of France.” 

Vucic extra that the prepared Rafale offer “is unbelievably significant” for his country. 

Serbia and France have been in dialogue over the likely sale of the jets for various yrs, but “financing is an issue,” Vucic instructed Reuters very last 12 months. Belgrade is searching for 12 Rafales, which with each other with onboard units and armaments could expense all over EUR3 billion. 

The two sides are expected to conclude the Rafale sale when President Macron travels to Serbia later on this 12 months. 

When Belgrade has ordinarily turned to Moscow for armed forces gear, Serbia has shifted in direction of procuring from Western suppliers in recent decades in light of sanctions on the Russian defense marketplace.