On Saturday, December 8, 2017, ten new freight vehicles made by FAP were handed over to the Serbian Armed Forces in Priboj. Minister of Defense Aleksandar Vulin and the head of the General Staff, Ljubisa Dikovic, attended the official handover of new vehicles together with their associates. At the Priboj-based FAP corporation, they were welcomed by General Manager Ranko Vukovic, the head of the Zlatibor District, Dimitrije Paunovic, the president of the Municipality of Priboj, Lazar Rvovic, and the chairman of the Supervisory Board of FAP, Nemanja Stevanovic.
As the relevant ministry announced, these are ten new FAP 1118 freight vehicles, which mark the start, after several decades, of renewing the rolling stock with quality vehicles of the once world-renowned bus and truck factory.
– The military received ten high-quality vehicles, test-proven in various weather and terrain conditions, today, as part of an agreement worth RSD 299,460,000. We have shown that our expertise and knowledge are capable of making the machinery we need. The Ministry of Defense and the Serbian Armed Forces have always opted for purchasing local products. Each investment in the Serbian Armed Forces is an investment in local production – Minister Vulin said.
General Ljubisa Dikovic pointed out that the strategic orientation of the SAF was to fill out its rolling stock with all-terrain vehicles made in Serbia, primarily by FAP and Zastava Kamioni and added that the needs of the SAF were such that the delivery of several hundred vehicles of this type had been secured.
– The vehicles we received today absolutely meet our needs and are characterized by great resilience and strength. They have been test-proven in all weather conditions – Dikovic pointed out.
– Thanks to great efforts made by the state, we can say today that our debt has been reduced by more than EUR 100 million. We have been given an opportunity we need to use. By initiating production with the help of the SAF, we have given a breath of life to the town and its wider area – Rvovic said.