On track for a Serbian order for the Dassault Aviation Rafale in early 2023.

With a new Indian order looming, the French omnirole fighter jet could well make a new one happy: Serbia. Everything now leads us to believe that the good relations between Belgrade and Paris could result in an order for twelve Rafale F4s from Dassault Aviation next January. Such planes would not only be a call from the foothills of Serbia to the European Union, but also confirmation of a French increase in power in this country, especially in the aviation sector.. It would also be a real snub for Russia, as Moscow still considers Serbia its domain.

The replacement of the Mikoyan MiG-29 Fulcrum of Soviet and Russian origin, but also the Soko J-22 Orao of Romanian and Serbian binational design has become an absolute emergency for them Ratno Vazduhoplovstvo Vojske Srbije. The Serbian Air Force fears losing face in the Balkans due to the accelerated aging of its combat aircraft fleet. It must be said that two countries in the region have already opted for Rafale: Croatia and Greece. The latter also aligns its first levels.

So, of course, Moscow has done everything it can to save face, even if, according to some sources, it means keeping its (Excellent) Sukhoi Su-30 Flanker-C multirole fighter. Except that faced with a game changer Like the Dassault Aviation Rafale, the Russian fighter no longer weighs. It was close to that a few years ago, but it’s over now!

In fact, it seems that French diplomacy and European politics have overcome Belgrade’s last hesitation. Serbian President Aleksandar Vučić has excellent relations with his French counterpart Emmanuel Macron. Both are ardent Europeans and Vučić understood that France could serve as his Trojan horse for joining the European Union.
In fact, an acquisition of twelve Rafale F4s in early 2023 would only be the culmination of a commercial phase between our two countries. In particular, in December 2018, a 25-year concession was signed for the French group Vinci to manage Belgrade Airport joint venture Franco-Chinese around the future metro of the same Serbian capital, formed by Alstom and Egis on the French side and China Power on the Chinese side. The defense sector has not been forgotten since 2019 Mistral man-portable surface-to-air missiles were sold to the Serbian army to replace outdated Russian models.

Also this week the Serbian Defense Minister, Mr. Nebojsa Stefanović, was at Eurosatory. The high level of French and international defense made it possible to confirm the very good relations between the two countries, and Serbia was even soon able to buy military land equipment on French account.
Above all, he immediately went to Saint-Cloud. In this suburb of Paris is the heart of the Dassault Aviation Group, its design offices. This is where the Rafale was born.

In a few days, the EU-Balkan summit is expected to bring new information on this treaty. Indeed, it will be placed under the high patronage of Emmanuel Macron as the rotating President of Europe. When selling Rafale F4, even for twelve aircraft, diplomacy is just as important as the aircraft’s exceptional performance.
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