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The Bulgarian and Macedonian SOF will cooperate with joint trainings in 2018

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PAZARDJIK (BM) (Photo by Wikipedia) – The 68th Brigade for Special Operations of the Republic of Macedonia visited the 68th Brigade for Special Operations of the Republic of Bulgaria in training center Tsrancha, near Pazardjik, Bulgaria. The two brigadier generals Yavor Mateev (Bulgaria) and Orce Jortev (Macedonia) have been planned the future training and cooperation in 2018.

Brigadier General Mateev acquainted Macedonian guests with the training of Bulgarian Special Operation Forces (SOF). The guest of the event was the Head of the Political Cabinet of the Ministry of Defense of the Republic of Bulgaria Mr. Ilia Nalbantov.

The Bulgarian Special Forces demonstrated their skills of neutralizing terrorists in a building, releasing hostages, destroying an object, and precise shooting.

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Bulgarian President Rumen Radev Visited the 61st Stryama Mechanized Brigade – Karlovo

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KARLOVO, Bulgaria (BulgarianMilitary.com) – Yesterday, the soldiers of the 61st Stryama Mechanized Infantry Brigade – Karlovo of the Bulgarian Land Forces, welcomed with military honors President of the Republic of Bulgaria Rumen Radev, who was there to mark the 100th anniversary of the end of World War I, learned BulgarianMilitary.com.

During his visit, Bulgaria’s President was accompanied by the Chief of Defence General Andrey Botsev, the Commander of the Bulgarian Land Forces, Major General Mihail Popov, Security and Defence Secretary of the President of the Republic of Bulgaria, Stefan Yanev.

Supreme Commander-in-Chief of the Bulgarian Armed Forces congratulated all troops on the occasion of the approaching Day of Bulgaria’s Land Forces– 19 November and said: “The 61st Stryama Mechanized Infantry Brigade is the backbone of the Land Forces. I can say that the 61 mechanized brigade, the largest Land Forces’ formation, is an important pillar in our national security system.”

President Radev took the opportunity to become acquainted with the displayed military equipment and armaments, and to get on a highly mobile, self-propelled missile system – 9K33 Osa. His visit included a flower-laying ceremony at the Memorial of the Fallen in Wars 1912-1918, in the area of the 61 mechanized brigade, as well as a meeting with the military personnel and journalists.

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In response to the journalists that covered the yesterday’s event, the Head of the State said: “Overcoming the lack and motivation of the military staff is the most important problem facing the Armed Forces.”

According to him, if urgent solutions and measures are not taken, at the moment, on the shortage of military personnel, lack of motivation and a clear vision of how the military profession can become attractive to young people, in the future this will have a very negative effect on the national security system. President Rumen Radev added that these issues were permanently on the agenda of the Consultative Council for National Security (CCNS) meetings.

“The measures are comprehensive, not only social, they are extremely important, as well as the conditions and opportunities for conducting complete military training, the acquisition of new equipment, the building of capabilities and the motivation of the people,” he commented further.

In reference to the procedure for the acquisition of new fighters for the Bulgarian Air Forces, the President pointed out that he expects a response from the Ministry of Defence to present the committee’s protocol. He explained: “I expect that there will be no violation of the requirements for transparency, objectivity and equal treatment, because in the course of the procedure itself such indications already exist.”

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President of the Republic of Bulgaria pointed out that Bulgarian soldiers are highly intelligent and think about the future of their country. According to his word, they are mainly focused on how to become better in their activities and how to acquire new and modern capabilities.

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In 2017 Bulgaria Exported 20% More Arms and Munitions

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PANAGYURISHTE, Bulgaria (BulgarianMilitary.com) – In Bulgaria’s Parliament, it is about to be considered and adopted, the report of the Interministerial Commission for Export Control and Non-Proliferation of Weapons of Mass Destruction, which makes it clear that the native military industry has exported arms and munitions in 2017 with 20% more than the previous 2016, learned BulgarianMilitary.com.

The official report was presented to Parliament on the last day of the last month and it shows that in 2017 Bulgaria exported weapons and ammunition worth nearly 1,2 billion euro (1,4 USD or 2,35 BGN). According to the Bulgarian Defence Industries Association, about 30 000 workers are currently employed in the military-industrial complex, and in the last years this branch of the Bulgarian economy has stabilized.

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BulgarianMilitary.com analysis shows that in the period 2006-2017 the export of Bulgarian arms and ammunition grows on average by almost 17% each year. The most tangible difference in exports is in 2010 when it is 44% more than in 2009.

Officially, it is still unknown who are the main buyers of Bulgarian weapons and ammunition in 2017, but in 2016 these were Saudi Arabia, India, the U.S., Algeria and Iraq, with mostly munitions, projectiles and missiles being exported.

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According to the same report, in the past 2017, the ratio “issued licenses-unrealized deals” was the best over recent years. We are talking about the issued 640 export licenses amounting to 1 389 199 342 euro, of which only 170 million euro has not been put into effect.

On the basis of the issued export licenses and the partial media publications, the expectations are that in 2018 the export of Bulgarian ammunition and weapons will decrease compared to 2017.

Signals of this are that the biggest Bulgarian arms trader Kintex has exported weapons in the first half of the year, which is with 45% less than the same period in 2017.

According to unofficial data, VMZ-Sopot has nearly 67% less sales revenue for the first half of the year, compared to 2017, and NITI SHC has 16% fewer sales at the end of June, compared to 2017.

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The Bulgarian and Romanian Naval Forces Started their Annual Exercise Poseidon 2018

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BURGAS, Bulgaria, (BulgarianMilitary.com) – Today, the bilateral Romanian-Bulgarian naval exercise Poseidon 2018, which this year is hosted by the Bulgarian Navy, kicks off in the town of Burgas, Bulgaria. The joint mine warfare exercise, held with the support of Standing NATO Mine Countermeasures Group 2 (SNMCMG2) is set to be conducted from 9 to 17 November, at the polygons in the territorial sea and the contiguous zone of the Republic of Bulgaria, learned BulgarianMilitary.com

Poseidon 2018 is designed to improve the participants’ cooperation and interoperability in operations like discovery and neutralization of underwater hazards, such as sea mines, while practicing NATO standard procedures, tactics and techniques.

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For the accomplishment of the set tasks in the exercise, the Bulgarian Navy provides its frigate BGS Smeli, the mine hunter BNG Tsibar, the minesweeper BGS Priboy, the raid minesweepers “Captain-lieutenant Kiril Minkov” and “Captain-Lieutenant Evstati Vinarov”, the hydrographic boats “Rear Admiral Sava Ivanov” and “Captain Rank I Boris Rogev”. The current training also involves minesweepers of the Romanian, Hellenic, Spanish and Turkish Naval Forces, as well as the FGS Rhein of the German Navy. SNMCMG 2 supports Poseidon 2018 with its Mediterranean Sea ships.

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On 10 November from 13:00 to 15:00 in the area of the Marine Station in Burgas, the citizens and the guests of the city will be able to see the vessels involved  in the training that will be open for a visit. And on 12 November, the Commander, who leads SNMCMG 2, together with the commanders of ships participating in the exercise, will hold a press conference.

The first mine warfare exercise Poseidon, between the Bulgarian and Romanian Navy, was held in 2015. The training of the both Allied nations, bordering the Black Sea, is regularly supported by the NATO Standing Groups. The main goals of the annual drill include enhancing the participants’ operational capabilities and readiness, exercising NATO maritime warfare procedures and tactics in a joint multinational environment as well as maritime procedures for command, control and communications. During Poseidon exercise, the participating Naval Forces practice also standard operational procedures, communications, and support to maritime forces taking part in Crisis Response Operation (CRO).

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Bulgarian Land Forces Expect Another 12 Projects for Their Complete Modernization

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SOFIA, Bulgaria, (BulgarianMilitary.com) – Besides the acquisition project for a new infantry fighting vehicle, Bulgaria is about to modernize all the Land Forces’ troops within 12 projects, which are currently under development. This was stated yesterday by the Commander of the Bulgarian Land Forces Major General Mihail Popov, after the completion of the final stage of the shooting competition, which was held at Slivnitsa polygon, learned BulgarianMilitary.com.

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According to his words, these projects are related to the modernization of the engineer and artillery formations; the provision of night vision devices for the servicemen; the provision of utility and logistics, the supply of UAVs as well as of radars for the air and missile defence troops, etc. The Commander of the Bulgarian Land Forces also added the service has taken steps to provide better personal equipment for soldiers. It is expected these programs to be implemented in the next 5 to 7 years, under the “National Plan for Increasing Defence Spending to 2% of the Gross Domestic Product of the Republic of Bulgaria until 2024”.

On the project that attracts the most attention, namely this for the acquisition of a new armored vehicle, Major General Mihail Popov reported that the requests for proposals would be sent by the end of this month. The whole process, involving the submitting of bids, their evaluation and the signing of a contract, is expected to be completed by May 2019.

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Speaking to the media at the yesterday’s event, the Commander of the Land Forces noted that the problems in the Bulgarian army are mainly related to the maintenance of the available equipment and the shortage of military personnel. He expressed confidence that measures taken by the Bulgarian MoD to fill vacancies and to increase military salaries will lead to the end of this shortage tendency.

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Major General Mihail Popov said that the training of the Land Force formations was conducted on schedule, and given the winter conditions, 20 units of the Land Force were ready to help the Bulgarian population.

Yesterday, the Commander of the Bulgarian Land Forces attended the shooting competitions held at Slivnitsa polygon, which marked the start of events for the Day of the Bulgaria’s Land Forces – November 19.

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