BELGRADE – Serbia will continue to compete with far more developed countries so as to protect its territory, Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic said on Wednesday while touring a new hangar due to meet the needs of the Air Force and Air Defense.

The Batajnica airport houses 12 out of the 14 Lasta aircraft that will be in full operation for basic pilot trainings in several months, the prime minister noted.

Much has been done on missile systems, guided missiles, given the developments in the region, he said

“We are strengthening the Air Force and Air Defense slowly, but steadily,” Vucic said.

Serbian Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic attended on Wednesday the opening of a new hangar at the Batajnica military airport and the promotion of new weapons manufactured in Serbia.

The previous hangar was destroyed during the 1999 NATO bombing, and the new one will be used for the storage of light aircraft, or the maintenance of Lasta airplanes and MI-17 and Gazela helicopters.

After touring the hangar, the prime minister was shown the new weapons made in Serbia.Outside the hangar, a Lasta aircraft, a MIP-11 multisensory system, an improved Oganj missile launcher, a Milica anti-tank military robot system, and MIG 21, AN 25 aircraft were put on display.

The prime minister was accompanied by Defense Minister Zoran Djordjevic and Deputy Chief of the Serbian Armed Forces General Staff Lieutenant General Jovica Draganic.