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Tuesday, November 15th 2011, 7:52pm

Yugoslav News, 3Q 41

Novosti News Service – Belgrade, Friday, 4 July 1941

With the arrival of sufficient Focke Wulf Fw190 fighters from Germany and Jastreb fighter bombers from the Soko works at Mostar, the Eclipse Hurricane has been retired from service with the Royal Yugoslav Air Force. In other air force developments, No.203 (Troop Carrier) Squadron has been formed at Dakovica with the LWS/Nakajima L2N1 twin engined transports manufactured in Poland. The L2N1 earned a sterling reputation supporting League of Nations troops in Afghanistan where No.202 (Troop Carrier) garnered many commendations.


Tuesday, November 15th 2011, 7:54pm

Delivery Status Report, 30 September 1941

Deliveries from Abroad

Tatra 93 2-ton Truck : 70
Tatra 111 10-ton Truck : 16
Raba 38M Botond Prime Mover : 39
Saurer 4CT1D 4.5-ton Truck : 52

AT-36/75 Medium Tanks (Atlantis) - 45
M-3 Half-track Infantry Carriers (United States) – 54

Domestic Ground Ordnance Production

M35 Service Pistol : 1,200
M29 Service Rifle : 19,000
M28 Machine Rifle : 1,590
M32 Machinegun : 960
M37 Submachinegun : 9,750
M39 Aircraft Machinegun : 600
M37 Tank Machinegun : 285
M35 Mortar : 240
M27/31 Mortar : 180
M36 Antitank Gun : 60
M40 Divisional Gun : 70
M30 Light Antiaircraft Gun : 90
M36 Light Antiaircraft Gun : 90
M40 Field Gun-Howitzer : 96
M32 Hand Grenade : 57,000
Small Arms Ammunition : 24,000,000
Artillery Ammunition : 186,000

Domestic Vehicle Production for Royal Yugoslav Army

Skoda 6LT 2-ton Truck : 90
Skoda 6ST 4-ton Truck : 30
Zastava M40 0.25-ton Truck : 180
LT.38 Light Tank (gun tank) : 45
Salvage Tank on LT.38 Chassis : 15
Assault Howitzer on LT.38 Chassis : 30
Lazar Armoured Reconnaissance Vehicle : 60
Nemanja Armoured Car : 60

Aircraft Deliveries

Focke Wulf Fw190A-4 : 25
Ikarus IK-2 : 26
Bucker Bu181 : 30
Soko Jastreb : 36
Soko Zmaj : 8
Ikarus IK-4 : 2

Production of the Ikarus IK-2 corps reconnaissance aircraft has been completed


Friday, November 18th 2011, 1:21am

Yugoslav News, 3Q 41, Second Tranche

Novosti News Service – Mostar, Tuesday, 8 July 1941

The Defence Ministry has released some details of the new Soko Orao single-seat fighter, formerly designated Project 225. The first prototype has begun limited flight testing here, and thus far has exhibited excellent performance and handling characteristics. A spokesman for the Soko factory has confirmed that the aircraft will be powered by a Pratt and Whitney R-2800 eighteen-cylinder radial engine, and it is predicted that the aircraft will be capable of achieving a speed of 700 kph at altitude. Armament will be six 13.2mm M37 machineguns plus a variety of underwing ordnance. It is expected that the Orao will eventually succeed the Focke Wulf Fw190 in service with the Royal Yugoslav Air Force. When asked when the aircraft might enter production, our source suggested some time in a 1942/43 timeframe, should the testing programme proceed without serious setback.

Novosti News Service – Belgrade, Tuesday, 15 July 1941

The freighter Zagreb was launched today at the shipyards of Belgrade, the fourth river-sea freighters built for the Danube Sea Shipping Company. Two of these vessels are presently employed on the DINTCO joint service to South America; the Zagreb and her sister, the Vukovar, will be employed on services linking the Danube basin with the Western Mediterranean.


Friday, November 18th 2011, 1:28am

Mmmmm, pretty plane... :D


Saturday, November 19th 2011, 10:21am

It's a looker! If it looks right it flies right!


Saturday, November 19th 2011, 11:48pm

The US is quite pleased to be selling engines to our Yugoslav friends. :P


Saturday, November 19th 2011, 11:56pm


Originally posted by TheCanadian
The US is quite pleased to be selling engines to our Yugoslav friends. :P

And we pay our licence royalty fees every month!


Sunday, November 20th 2011, 9:56pm

Looks like a P-47, is there foreign assistance involved?


Sunday, November 20th 2011, 10:04pm


Originally posted by Desertfox
Looks like a P-47, is there foreign assistance involved?

The engine is a Pratt and Whitney product manufactured under license in Yugoslavia. No foreign assistance was provided in the design of the airframe.


Friday, December 9th 2011, 4:17pm

Yugoslav News, 3Q 41, Third Tranche

Novosti News Service – Durres, Saturday, 19 July 1941

His Majesty King Alexsandr visited the city today to formally open the newly reconstructed commercial port. Combined with the completion of the Durres-Tirana Railway, it is expected that the opening of the port will significantly boost commerce and development in the southern portion of the Kingdom.

Novosti News Service – Belgrade, Tuesday, 29 July 1941

A spokesman for the Defence Ministry announced today that in the forthcoming months that it, in cooperation with firms of the Yugoslav aero industry, will promote a demonstration tour through friendly nations in Eastern Europe. Visits to Bulgaria, Greece, Romania and Turkey were mentioned; however, dates and details were not announced, though it is speculated that among the aircraft to participate is the Soko Zmaj twin engine light bomber, deliveries of which have recently begun to the Royal Yugoslav Air Force.


Friday, December 23rd 2011, 4:43pm

Yugoslav News, 3Q 41, Fourth Tranche

Novosti News Service – Belgrade, Friday, 1 August 1941

Sources inside the Defence Ministry report that the French LeO400 reconnaissance seaplane, recently demonstrated to the military authorities at Bar, is under serious consideration for acquisition. When asked regarding the validity of such reports the French embassy here eschewed all comment. The Navy has been recommending expansion of its maritime reconnaissance force and acquisition of such aircraft would be in keeping with that goal; the current debate centers on which of the services would operate the aircraft.

Novosti News Service – Novi Sad, Sunday, 17 August 1941

The section of the Autostrady A1 linking this city with Subotica and its extension to the Hungarian border was formally opened to day by Crown Prince Petar, representing His Majesty. It is now possible to drive from the capital to the Hungarian border in a matter of hours over the best motor road in the Kingdom; construction of the Autostrady A1 from the Belgrade to the Bulgarian border continues.

Novosti News Services – Bar, Friday, 5 September 1941

The armoured gunboats Odra and Tisa were launched today at the shipyards here, with His Majesty in attendance. These two vessels are expected to enter service in the spring of next year, and represent the continued strengthening of the nation’s naval defences.

Novosti News Services – Belgrade, Monday, 8 September 1941

Minister of Transportation Petar Kersovani announced that the contract for construction of the final section of the Autostrady A1, that from Krusevac to the Bulgarian border, has been awarded.

Novosti News Services – Belgrade, Monday, 22 September 1941

The Association of Aircraft Manufacturers, in conjunction with the Defence Ministry, announced details of the demonstration tour planned for the upcoming months. Examples of the nation’s leading aircraft will depart this Wednesday for Bucharest in Romania, the first stop on the tour, which will include Warsaw, Sofia, Athens, Byzantium, Ankara, and – in a very surprising revelation – Damascus, in Syria. There high hopes that the tour will provide the national aviation industry with significant export orders; whether these will be fulfilled remains to be seen.