Serbian president Aleksandar Vucic announced on December 24th that a shipment of Russian-made Kornet anti-tank guided missile systems had arrived in Serbia. The purchase of the Kornets had been agreed to a month earlier during Vucic’s meeting with Russian president Vladimir Putin in Sochi on November 25th.
The first shipment of the Kornet system will be deployed to Serbia’s 72nd Special Operations Brigade, with other units, such as the 63rd Parachute Brigade in Nis, expected to get subsequent deliveries.
Although press reports on the size and cost of the purchase have been vague, apparently several hundred missiles and a number of launchers and thermal imaging sights were part of this initial shipment of weapons system.
More than two dozen countries in the world use the Kornet system, notably from NATO members Greece and Turkey to countries such as Iran and Iraq.