60 years "Никинци" Testing Ground
05. 05. 2011
The celebration took place on the polygon "Nikinci", only test centre in the Republic of Serbia, and the reason was - sixty- year existence and work. The ceremony was attended by State Secretary at the Ministry of Defence, mr. Igor Jovičić, Assistant Minister for Material Resources, mr. Ilija Pilipović, representatives of the Ministry of Defence and the Serbian Army, business partners, associates, current and retired employees etc.
Lieutenant Colonel Zeljko Kiždobranski, commander of the polygon, spoke about history and main activities nowdays. He pointed out that the polygon "Nikinci" since its establishment (third of May 1951) till nowdays, examine almost every kind of weapons which was adopted in the operational use of the Serbian Army. Because of that, the main polygon activities are: the final development and testing, and internal verification tests, technical control shootings and shooting demonstration for domestic and foreign delegations. He also noted that today the polygon have around 300 tests and examinations a year, and that number is increasing from year to year.
Then he addressed the meeting of the Director of Technical Test Center, Colonel Goran Stojanović, who introduced the guests with the modernization of the polygon "Nikinci" in the past few years, focusing in particular on the development of Security-information system and procurement of modern ballistic MFCW 3D Doppler radar. During his presentation, Director of Technical Testing Center emphasized the importance of further modernization of test-measuring equipment at the test site, infrastructure investment, and special accent is given to the need for further training and education of personnel. At the end of his speech, Colonel Goran Stojanović said that he have expectations that the polygon "Nikinci" in a few years could become the most modern regional center for weapons and military equipment testing in this part of Europe. In the second part of his presentation, the guests were shown a general examination of repaired mine for 120 mm mortar, which guests had the opportunity to directly observe from the festive hall, by a camera placed in the Security Information System.
During the ceremony the most prominent organizations from the Ministry of Defense and the Serbian Army and civilian institutions, were awarded letters of thanks for a successful long-term cooperation with polygon "Nikinci" and Technical Test Center.
Because of this jubilee, the guests were shown the movie about the the polygon in Zastava-film production, which is specially designed for this purpose.
At the end of the ceremony the guests were shown the funds, weapons and equipment used by polygon "Nikinci" for its dialy work with demonstration of the latest Doppler radar.