Bulgaria, Serbia Complete 1st Joint Anti-Aircraft Drills

Defense | September 10, 2010, Friday // 20:21|  views

Bulgarian PM Borisov (left) and Defense Minister Gen. Anyu Angelov (right) during the joint drills with Serbia in Shabla. Photo by DarikNews

Anti-aircraft artillery (AAA) divisions of the Bulgarian and Serbian armed forces have completed their first joint drills in Shabla, Northeast Bulgaria.

The drills at the Shabla firing ground right off the Black Sea coast started on September 7 and ended on Friday, September 10. Among other things, they included testing expired weapons in order to decide whether to keep them for a longer period.

The Serbian armed forces were represented by a missile brigade from the Serbian Air Force.

The weapons used and tested in the AAA drills included MiG-29 and Su-25 fighter jets and anti-aircraft surface-to-air missile complexes SA-2 Volhov, SA-3 Neva, SA-6 Kub, SA-8 Osa, SA-7 Strela 2M.

"I am satisfied with the results from the drills, the artillery managed to hit its targets," Bulgarian Prime Minister Boyko Borisov said after attending the last day of the drills, as cited by Darik Radio.

The Defense Ministers of Bulgaria and Serbia Anyu Angelov and Dragan Sutanovac were also present and held a meeting as part of the joint drills of the Bulgarian and Serbian armed forces. 

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Tags: Shabla, Anti-aircraft artillery, military drill, firing grounds, MiG-29, Su-25, Anyu Angelov, Defense Minister, Dragan Sutanovac, Boyko Borisov, Prime Minister, AAA, Serbia, expired weapons

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