Ministry of defence Republic of Serbia

New Issue of “ODBRANA”

In the past month, the Serbian Armed Forces, our country's most trusted institution, focused all its people, resources and strength on preserving the state and the people.  
November will be remembered for the accelerated work to complete the construction of a new Covid hospital in the military complex "Zemun ekonomija" in Belgrade, care for people, dynamic activities of the newly appointed Minister of Defence Nebojša Stefanović, PhD, in all fields, but also for the sad passing of the Serbian Patriarch Irinej, who was seen off to eternal rest by the Serbian Armed Forces’ Guard.
Read about these and other most important events in the FOCUS section, which guides you through the most important activities and topics that marked the past month, without unnecessary details.
In the column INTERVIEW WITH A REASON, read the exclusive interview with the Deputy Prime Minister and the newly appointed Minister of Defence Nebojša Stefanović, PhD, who says that only a strong military and a strong state can be neutral. “It is our job to, through our work and engagement, provide support to Serbia's strategic decision to be neutral, to rely on itself, to be a sovereign and independent state that makes its own decisions, and for its armed forces to be capable enough of being a guarantor of the citizens' security“ – says the Minister of Defence, who also talks for our magazine about the state leadership's efforts and plans to improve the financial status of the members of the defence system and other important topics.  
  We also recommend an article in the STANDING POINT section, entitled "War without a front and a background", from which you will learn how military health care fights the coronavirus.
In the SYSTEM section, you can find out how a "soldier is created" in the Serbian Armed Forces’ training centres (commands of the same name), but also how the Second Army Brigade conducts training on the slopes of Goč and Stolovo mountains with the new, modern equipment, which will significantly improve the reconnaissance units’ tactics. "Peacekeepers" is a particularly interesting article about the Serbian peacekeepers, who are selected, trained, deployed and supported by the Serbian Armed Forces’ Peacekeeping Operations Centre, which marked its day last month with some good news - that all Serbian members deployed in peacekeeping operations are healthy, and that the spread of the Covid-19 viral infection has not led to a reduction in our engagement in multinational operations.
This section of “Odbrana” also contains a story about the successes of members of the 98th Air Brigade to whom exceptionally high standards have been set. The Minister of Defence, Nebojša Stefanović, was a witness to that when he visited this unit on the day when the pilot Captain Ana Perišić performed the first solo control flight on the "Eagle" aircraft, which was the first time a female pilot has flown an attack aircraft in the history of our armed forces.
The text about the new missile system “Oganj” in the WEAPONS section, gives a series of interesting data and analyses which prove that our missile artillery will be significantly reinforced following the introduction of the modular “Oganj” into the armament of the Serbian Armed Forces. One of the premises is that this is our first artillery weapon which will be able to fire guided missiles, in addition to the existing unguided missiles, including the ones with a range of 40 km that have already been developed, and missiles with a range of 50 km that are being developed. In the same section, read about the new Italian AW169M helicopter, which is experiencing market expansion.
In the GLOBAL section, read Slaviša Vlačić's text entitled "Remote-Controlled Killers", about the drone war in the region of Nagorno-Karabakh, which was marked by the efficient use of combat unmanned aerial vehicles (which, apparently, decisively influenced the course of fighting), but also about the Russian Naval Infantry units which are, according to Aleksandar Životić, the author of the text, the "punching fist" of the Russian Armed Forces’ first echelon.
The VIEWS section contains a text by Dragan Stanar on ethical education in the Serbian Armed Forces, in light of the "premise" that ethics is an important attribute of the military profession, while in the CULTURE section you can read a text about the 72nd anniversary of the Military Film Centre "Zastava Film" – the witness and chronicler of history.
In the HISTORY section we recommend two interesting stories from Paštrik towards the end of 1998 by Stojan Konjikovac and the text about disturbing memories of a war veteran, Prof. Milan Runić, who was a member of the Yugoslav and Soviet Armies in the Second World War and fought in the battles for the liberation of Serbia and Yugoslavia.
In the TRADITION section, we continue the series of texts on the Military Academy’s famous professors with a story about Professor Milorad Obradović.