Serbia's Assistant Secretary of Defense has announced that the ministry is negotiating with a number of Chinese drone producers to get UAVs for the Serbian Armed Forces, as reported by the Defense News.
Nenad Miloradovic said that Serbia intends to buy Chinese-made drones for its armed forces and get technology transfer or TOT, which allows the country's defense industry to produce UAVs in the long run.
"This agreement package, which we plan to buy, but also to produce scouting drones for the Serbian military, must be implemented immediately," said Miloradovic, as reported by the local daily Blic.
The official said that Serbia positioned itself as a neutral country, and its government intended to obtain weapons and military equipment for the country's armed forces from various suppliers around the world.
"We have no ideological prejudice in what is related to arms purchases," said Miloradovic.
As a sign of military cooperation strengthened by Russia, the Serbian government earlier this year approved the purchase of six Mi-17 mil helicopters, completing the acquisition of aircraft and other weapons from Moscow.
On the other hand, Serbia has also signed an agreement in 2016 to buy nine H145M medium transport helicopters from Dutch-French company Airbus.
The planned value of the UAV agreement with Chinese companies was not disclosed by Serbian officials.