Greece considering purchase of Serbian rocket launchers

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The Greek military is considering buying Tamnava multiple rocket launchers from Serbia, the Balkan Security Network portal said on Thursday.

The portal said that the Serbian military industry has built a prototype of the weapons system which has a range of up to 70 kilometers and is being developed by the Jugoimport-SDPR state-owned company. It said that the National Guard of Cyprus has ordered a battery of six launchers and that official Athens is considering placing an order after Greek officers observed live fire exercises with Serbian-made Nora B52 self-propelled howitzers in Cyprus. The Cyprus National Guard operates 24 of the Serbian howitzers.

The purchase of the Tamnava system is being considered by Greece which is why a delegation from Belgrade went to Athens to make an offer to the Greek Defense Ministry.

Greece is planning to send its RM-70 multiple rocket launchers to Ukraine and has to find a replacement which will be equally or more effective, the portal said. The Greek rocket launchers which have a range of 20 kilometers are currently deployed on its islands. If replaced by the Tamnava launchers, the Greek military could strike at targets deep inside Turkey whose President Rexhep Tayyip Erdogan has warned Athens not to reinforce its island forces.

Tamnava comes with two types of rockets with ranges of 40 and 70 kilometers, both designed by the Belgrade-based EDePro private company.