Russia’s defence ministry announced that it has sent its advanced air-defence S-400 missile system to Serbia for a joint exercise.
The S-400 and a Pantsir anti-aircraft gun and missile system will be deployed at Batajnica base outside the capital, Belgrade, a ministry statement added.
The move marks the first time the weapon has been sent abroad for training.
Serbia’s defence ministry said the live-fire exercises — dubbed Slavic Shield 2019 and which run until October 29 — aimed to simulate the “use of a joint (combat) group…in defending… against enemy reconnaissance and offensive actions.”
The exercises began on Wednesday but were not made public until a day later.