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The Е-3А AWACS System is a Key Component for the Security of the NATO Allies

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SOFIA (Bulgaria), June 6, 2018, Source: Ministry of Defence of the Republic of Bulgaria, Photo: Ministry of Defence of the Republic of Bulgaria

“It is landmark day today, because at Sofia Airport we welcome one of the aircrafts of the E-3A (AWACS) Component of the NATO Airborne Early Warning and Control Force. For us that visit is a demonstration of the Alliance unity, of Bulgaria as a NATO member and as a part of the common system for the Alliance air defence. The AWACS aircrafts work off activities related to reconnaissance and radio-electronic control of the avionics and in the interest of the Air Defence of Bulgaria,” said the Deputy Defence Minister Atanas Zapryanov on 5th June at Sofia Airport during the static display of the NATO E-3A aircraft, equipped with an airborne warning and control system (AWACS).

“The visit of the E-3A (AWACS) aircraft is a symbol of the unity of the member states and the efforts of Bulgaria to modernize its Air Force after the NATO requirements, as well as an expression of our desire to contribute to the collective defence in the field of the air component as well,” added the Deputy Minister Zaprynov.

“In the complex geopolitical situation, the execution of the tasks of the air forces of the NATO member states requires more collective efforts and enough resources, by having in mind the national priorities and particularities at the same time. The Е-3А aircrafts provide to the Aviation Operation Centre (AOC) exceptionally valuable information about the air situation far beyond the range of our radars, exchange operative information,” said the Air Force Deputy Commander, Brig. Gen. Petyo Mirchev.

The visit of the Е-3А aircraft is organized by the Bulgarian Air Force Command under the initiative of the Allied NATO Air Command – Ramstein, Germany and is an expression of the engagement of the Alliance to the security of the southeastern region of Europe.

The Brig. Gen. Petyo Mirchev said that the necessity of good preparation and interaction between the air forces of the NATO member states is not only an end in itself, but a result from the new realities in the strategic environment. He noted that this year the Bulgarian Air Force will participate in 12 joint exercises and trainings with NATO allies, which impress not only with the bigger number of the participants, but also with the more complicated tasks.

“The Е-3А AWACS system as part of the NATO Airborne Early Warning and Control Force is a key component of the measures for guaranteeing the security of the NATO allies. We support the detention and defence activities and give our contribution, as force with high level of readiness, to the leading air components of the NATO Response Force,” said Brig. Gen. Karsten Store, E-3A Component commander from the NATO Airborne Early Warning and Control Force in Geilenkirchen, Germany.

“Our presence today at the international Sofia Airport sends a clear message: Bulgaria is an integral part of the NATO family and we, as allies, are ready to defend ourselves and do not stop being alert,” he said.

Brig. Gen. Karsten Store mentioned that after 2014, as part of the measures for guaranteeing the security of the allies, it has been performed more than 1400 missions and 11000 flying hours within the NATO European air space has been realized.

The static display of the NATO Е-3А (AWACS) aircraft was also seen by the participants in the three-day planning conference of the NATO Airborne Early Warning and Control Force, held in Bulgaria.

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Bulgarian Special Forces Host the В-9 CJSE “Thracian Sword 18”

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NOVO SELO, Bulgaria, (BulgarianMilitary.com) – Yesterday, the Bulgarian Ministry of Defence announced that the Special Forces of the nine member states, participating in the Bucharest 9 Initiative (B9), have started the multinational military drill “Thracian Sword – 2018” at the Novo Selo Training Area. This year, Bulgarian Special Forces are set to host the annual B9 members exercise in the period from 22 October to 26 October, learned BulgarianMilitary.com.

В-9 CJSE “Thracian Sword 18” is held with the participation of up to 200 servicemen of the Special Operations Forces from the Southeast Europe B9 members, which include the Republic of Bulgaria, Turkey, Greece, Serbia, Romania, Montenegro, the Republic of Bosnia and Herzegovina, Macedonia, the Republic of Albania. This year’s multinational joint training is conducted and with the support of the U.S. Armed Forces aviation.

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The Bulgarian Special Forces are also responsible for the organization of the “Thracian Sword 18” itself. An officer, determined for the planning the drill is the Commander of Bulgaria’s 68th Special Forces Brigade, Brigadier General Yavor Mateev, and as an officer in charge of the exercise organization is set to be the Deputy Commander of the Special Forces Colonel Ivan Raykov.

In “Thracian Sword 18” Bulgaria is represented by servicemen, assigned to the 1st Special Forces Battalion of the 68th Special Forces Brigade and to the platoon for preparing paratroopers of the Special Forces Training Center.

For the first time, the conducting of the current “Thracian Sword 18” drill was announced in April, this year after an initial planning conference was held in the headquarters of the 68th Special Forces Brigade. In it, representatives of the Special Operations forces of the all B9 countries participated. Since then, they held two more conferences – the main planning and the final coordinating conferences, with the last held in the beginning of September.

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Bulgaria’s Deputy Defence Minister Anatoliy Velichkov Attended the Final Phase of the “Strike Back 2018”

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THE KOREN FIELD TRAINING GROUND, Bulgaria, (BulgarianMilitary.com) – Last Friday (19 October), the final phase of the tactical training exercise Strike Back 2018 at the Field Training Ground “Koren” was held. The demonstrations, performed by the participants of the Bulgaria’s Land Forces, on the last day of the combat shooting drill, were attended and watched by high-ranking guests, including Deputy Minister of Defence Anatoliy Velichkov, learned BulgarianMilitary.com.

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After watching the performed tasks, Anatoliy Velichkov, said that he was impressed and pleased with the capabilities of all servicemen in the exercise, the professional conduct, as well as with the good interaction of the units of the reinforced mechanized battalion.

Among the visitors, at the final day of Strike Back 2018, were also Deputy Chief of Defence Lieutenant General Dimitar Iliev, the Commander of the Joint Forces Command (JFC) Lieutenant General Lyubcho Todorov, Security and Defence Secretary of the President of the Republic of Bulgaria Stefan Yanev, Deputy Commander of the Land Forces Brigadier General Valeri Tsolov, and senior officers as well as representatives of the state and local authorities.

Deputy Chief of Defence Lieutenant General Dimitar Iliev evaluated the built training capabilities during the tactical exercise, saying that the participants were well prepared and demonstrated high professionalism.

Strike Back 2018, which purpose was the cooperation of the units, participating in defensive operations, to be enhanced, was conducted with the participation of servicemen, of the 42nd Mechanized Infantry Battalion, Yambol, with Commander Ivaylo Ivanov, assigned to 2nd Mechanized Brigade as well as the Land Forces and the Air Force units of the battalion. They performed tasks related to a defense area occupation and camouflage as well as deployment of engineering equipment on its territory. The tasks also involved defense actions, calling for the artillery and aviation fire, providing medical assistance including taking away injured from the battlefield, as well as medical evacuation using sanitary vehicles and preparation for subsequent evacuation.

In total, this year’s tactical shooting drill was held with the participation of 700 servicemen of the 2nd Mechanized Brigade, a tank platoon of the Specialists Training Center, Sliven, a smoke platoon, assigned to the 38th Nuclear, Chemical, Biological Protection and Ecology Regiment, Musachevo, a platoon for signal reconnaissance and electronic warfare of the 1st Reconnaissance Battalion, Svoboda, cadets from “Vassil Levski” National Military University, Air Force servicemen, as well as 190 units of combat and special equipment.

At the same time, Bulgaria’s Defence Minister, Krasimir Karakachanov, opened two-day International Competition Commando Challenge 2018 that was held at a tactical shooting range facility situated into the village of Michkovci, Gabrovo. It was organized by ex officers of Bulgarian SWAT team and ex officers of 68th Squadron – Special forces in cooperation with ICSTPS Alfa-Metal Ltd. In it, 15 teams, including teams of the Bulgarian Army, the Bulgarian Special Counter-terrorist Unit, Ministry of Interior, National Service for Protection and a team from Ukraine took part. They performed tasks such as passing through an obstacle path, shooting with a long-barrel weapon on different distances, passing through a designated route, carrying an injured person, providing first aid, as well as an evacuation of an injured person.

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General Andrey Botsev (Bulgaria) Participated in the 3rd Counter Violent Extremist Organizations Conference in Washington

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SOFIA, Bulgaria (BulgarianMilitary.com) – The Bulgarian Ministry of Defence announced that this week, the Bulgarian Chief of Defence General Andrey Botsev participated in the 3rd Counter Violent Extremist Organizations conference, which is organized by the U.S. Department of Defence. This year’s global conference was held in the period from 15 to 17 October, in the Joint Base Andrews, Washington, learned BulgarianMilitary.com.

The chairman of the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff, General Joseph Dunford, the host, welcomed in Washington representatives from 83 nations. He expressed that he was pleased with the increasing number of the participating countries, and referred to their number in the past years, when it was 40 in 2016 and 71 in 2017.

At the conference, Marine Corps General Joseph Dunford stressed that the violent extremism has became “trans-regional threat” for the security of all countries, which requires to be found politically, financially and militarily solutions.

The topics discussed by the chiefs of defence, covered countering violent extremism from West Africa and the Sahel to Libya and the EU maritime operation there, They also talked about the operations in Afghanistan, the fight against ISIS and Al-Qaeda as well as the Sulu Sea and the Southeast Asia challenges. The host greeted the participants for their preparation on the subject.

The chiefs of defence agreed that the fight against the trans-regional extremist organizations requires collective action and their network provides opportunities to share information, intelligence and best practices for their benefit. The chairman of the conference General Joseph Dunford pointed out the quantifiable military progress against violent extremism, made during the past two years due to the improved means of exchanging information. During the conference, it was pointed out that over the past three years the number of terrorist attacks and deaths caused by them has been reduced.

Despite the results, the participants in the discussion still identify ISIS, Al-Qaeda and their affiliated and associated groups as resistant, firm and adaptable and remain determined in the fight against them. Thus, the chiefs of defence agreed on developing effective measures to reduce the risk of possible using of cyberspace and high-tech means by extremists, in order to improve their communications and logistics capabilities as well the abilities to recruit volunteers and to cause lethal damage. States should pay special attention to the causes leading to radicalization, the participants also stressed.

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Bulgarian Servicemen to Participate in the NATO Mission Iraq (NMI)

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SOFIA, Bulgaria (BulgarianMilitary.com) – In a statement of the Cabinet, released earlier today, it is said that at today’s meeting, the Council of Ministers of Bulgaria has adopted a decision, according to which our country would participate in the new NATO Mission Iraq (NMI), by sending in it up to four servicemen of the Bulgarian Armed Forces, learned BulgarianMilitary.com.

The Bulgarian soldiers would be sent there with their personal weapons and equipment, and would participate for the entire duration of the mission. The statement says that Bulgaria to be included and to take part in the NATO mission, is a “practical expression” of our contribution to the efforts that the Alliance makes in its fight against terrorism as well as in the preparation and building of capabilities of Iraq’s security forces and institutions.

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At the July NATO summit in Brussels, the leaders of the Alliance have launched a non-combat training and capacity-building mission on the territory of Iraq, which was in a response to a previous request to be scaled up the efforts in the training and in the advising, made by the Government of Iraq.

NATO training mission in Iraq aims to advise the personnel of Ministry of Defence and the Office of the National Security Advisor, as well as to train instructors in professional military institutions in order to support Iraq to develop its capabilities to establish more effective national security structures and professional military training institutions. This is defined as crucial for the stability of the country and the wider region as well as for the NATO member states security.

Another decision that the Bulgarian Council of Ministers has adopted during their meeting today, allows the sending of up to 140 servicemen and 40 units military equipment of the national support element and the light manoeuvre company, previously certified for a deployment in Bosnia and Herzegovina for the EU operation EUFOR ALTHEA, now to be send and used in the KFOR operational reserve force (ORF). They will remain on the territory of Bulgaria, for a period of 10 days, being ready for deployment.

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The increasing of the Bulgarian contribution to the critical shortage of forces for this mission will make our participation in Balkans operations more prominent, saving power and resources, as well.

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