Joint Live Fire Exercise
Saturday, 17.4.2021 | Training
President Vučić: I am proud of our Army and Police
The joint live fire exercise "Response 2021", which was conducted in previous weeks by SAF and Police units at the military training grounds "Pasuljanske livade" and "Orešac", ended today with a demonstration in front of the highest state and military authorities.
The exercise was attended by the Supreme Commander of the Serbian Armed Forces and President Aleksandar Vučić, Serbian Prime Minister Ana Brnabić, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Defence, PhD, Nebojsa Stefanović, Chief of Staff of the Serbian Armed Forces General Milan Mojsilović, Minister of Interior Aleksandar Vulin, Police Director Vladimir Rebić and Director of Security and Information Agency Bratislav Gašić. Among the high-ranking guests was the Chairman of the Presidency of Bosnia and Herzegovina, Milorad Dodik.
At the "Orešac" training ground, SAF and Police special units showed the capability of conducting a counter-terrorist action and resolving the hostage situation, while at "Pasuljanske livade", they showed the actions of a reinforced combat group in defence, shifting to counter-attack.
— I am proud of the Serbian Armed Forces, I am proud of our Police, I am proud of Serbia's progress, of what we have accomplished in the past few years and I am convinced that Serbia will have the strength, knowledge and wisdom to continue with accelerated development and great prosperity making all its citizens proud — said the Supreme Commander of the Serbian Armed Forces and President of the Republic Aleksandar Vučić in his address at the end of the exercise "Response 2021".
— I am very proud of what we saw today in Orešac, not far from Bela Crkva and Vršac, Banat, and here at Pasuljanske livade. We saw the Ministry of Defence and the Ministry of Interior, our military and police work together — President Vučić emphasized after the end of the second part of the exercise at the military complex "Pasuljanske livade”.
According to President Vučić, the weather conditions were incomparably better in Banat than at Pasuljanske livade, but "we were all impressed with something new that we saw here in the area of Pasuljanske livade".
— And that is "Pantsir" firing. For those who don't know, it's five thousand rounds fired by guns alone, and I'm not talking about the missiles that "Pantsir" uses against aircraft, five thousand rounds of 30 millimetre per minute – it can literally make a hill collapse. That is a huge reinforcement for the Serbian Armed Forces — President Vučić pointed out. Today we could see, President Vučić added, how and at what distance Mi-35 helicopters fire, and "Gamma" helicopters also did a great job with their rockets.
— The Gendarmerie also showed excellent skills here, but also the crews that fired multiple rocket launchers, mortars, all armoured vehicles and tanks. They showed great skills and used live rounds — the President pointed out, adding that the participants in the exercise had done excellent and professional job.
President Vučić pointed out that these types of exercises showed that we needed to invest much more in the military and he announced that we would.
— Our armed forces must be even stronger, our police, too. Our service members must have better living conditions and that is why I am glad that Prime Minister Ana Brnabić handed over the keys to new apartments to 584 members of the security forces and their families the day before yesterday — President Vučić emphasized. He believes that by modernizing, equipping and strengthening our military and police, we will be able to take preventive action and deter any aggressors.
— We will always act quickly, efficiently and in an organized manner against potential terrorist acts — said President Vučić.
President Vučić congratulated all members of the armed forces and police on the successfully conducted exercise.
— I would like to thank you all and say that we are always and in every way ready to protect and preserve Serbia — said President Vučić.
Around 1500 members of the Army, Air Force and Air Defence, 72nd Special Operations Brigade, 63rd Parachute Brigade, Gendarmerie, the Ministry of the Interior’s Special Anti-Terrorist and Helicopter Units, participated in the exercise.
The exercise was performed in three dimensions — on land, in water and in the air, and the objective was to show determination, training, firepower and a high level of cooperation between SAF and the Ministry of Interior units in conducting a joint operation.