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3/4 ABCT arrives in Bulgaria for deterrence role

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NOVO SELO, Bulgaria — As the M2 Bradley fighting vehicles drove into the motor pool Feb. 21, fresh off trains from Poland, a group of journalists from Bulgaria’s national news outlets filmed their arrival.

Approximately 125 Soldiers from Company A, 1st Battalion (“Fighting Eagles”), 8th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Armored Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, deployed to Novo Selo Training Area Feb. 15 to conduct training with Bulgarian land forces that will be focused on strengthening interoperability and sustaining readiness.

Their equipment — including 14 M2A3 Bradley fighting vehicles and an M3A3 Bradley fire support team vehicle — arrived about a week later to Bulgaria.

“I am glad to be here at Novo Selo with my Soldiers,” said Capt. Sean Griffin, the Company A commander. “Now that our equipment is here, we are excited to begin training. One of the things we will accomplish during our time here is we will train with our Bulgarian colleagues as well as engage the local community to learn about our shared cultures and customs.”

Beyond Bulgaria, the Fighting Eagles combined arms battalion deployed from Poland to Mihail Kogalniceanu Airbase, Romania, a week prior to Company A’s arrival in Bulgaria, bringing 500 U.S. troops, M1 Abrams tanks and M2 Bradley fighting vehicles.

“This is a great opportunity for us to train with our NATO allies and develop interoperability,” said Lt. Col. Jason Sabat, commander, 1st Bn., 8th Inf. Regt., while speaking to Bulgarian media on Tuesday.

Col. Yordan Yordanov, Deputy Commander of the Joint Facilities and Coordination Facilities Directorate, Bulgarian Ministry of Defense, stood side by side with Sabat to emphasize the joint partnership in the training exercises.

Atlantic Resolve is U.S. and NATO allies’ and partners’ commitment to collective security in Europe. Since the start of their arrival in Germany and Poland on Jan. 5, 3/4 ABCT soldiers are now operating in seven countries throughout central and eastern Europe to conduct bilateral training with their host-nation counterparts and multinational exercises.

More than 3,500 soldiers, 80 tanks, 130 Bradley fighting vehicles and 18 Paladin howitzers from the “Iron Brigade” are operating in Bulgaria, Romania, Poland, Germany, Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania.

The brigade’s movement from Poland to seven other NATO countries demonstrates U.S. Army Europe’s ability to freely move across Europe, providing the capability to rapidly respond to potential threats against NATO allies.

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Crashed WW II Military Aircraft Found Near a Bulgarian Village

Crashed WW II Military Aircraft Found Near a Bulgarian Village

SOFIA (Bulgaria), May 18, 2018, Author: Bm News Team, Photo: Bulgarian Air Force

On 18th May 2018, the Bulgarian Air Force announced on their website further information in relation to the unique operation for dragging out the remains of a crashed WW II military aircraft, found accidentally during routine draining works within а swampy terrain near the village of Maritsa, Bulgaria.

The operation has started on 11th May 2018 and will continue till the task is completed. It is being performed with the joint efforts of the Bulgarian Air Force and Land Forces, the Military Police Service and the Military Medical Academy, as well as with the coordination activities on behalf of the Joint Forces Command

After orders of the Defence Minister, Krasimir Karakachanov, and the Commander of the Bulgarian Air Force, Major General Tsanko Stoykov, a working group led by Colonel Kalin Tsenov are continuing the works on the recovery of the found military aircraft, which, as of the moment, is considered to be Messerschmitt Bf 109G-6 – a German World War II fighter aircraft.

Crashed WW II Military Aircraft Found Near a Bulgarian Village

Messerschmitt Bf 109, Photo credit: Wikipedia

It is a very important finding for Bulgaria, because the found fighter appears to be the “biggest physical trace of the heroism of the Bulgarian fighter-pilot, who have given their lives defending the Bulgarian sky during the World War II,” stated from the Bulgarian Air Force.

As of the moment, it has been discovered the following aircraft parts, which are considered to be of impotance: an engine Db 605, a propeller hub, barrel of a 20 mm MG 151/20 weapon, approximately 150 aircraft catridges and links, and various units and parts of the aircraft, bearing authentic factory numbers.

All gathered parts will be handed over to the National Museum of Military History, where they will be prepared for exhibiting to the public. The aircraft and its engine were identified with the help of lovers of aviation history.

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The Ministers of Defence of the EU Member States Meet in Sofia

The Ministers of Defence of the EU Member States Meet in Sofia

SOFIA (Bulgaria), May 4, 2018, Author: Galina Zdravkova (Bm), Photo: eu2018bg.bg  

The Ministers of Defence of the EU member states meet in Sofia, announced from the Bulgarian Ministry of Defence.

The two-day Informal Meeting starts today, 4th May 2018, and is part of the official calendar of the Bulgarian Presidency of the Council of the European Union. The meeting will be hosted by the Minister of Defence, Krasimir Karakachanov and besides the EU Defence Ministers, representatives of the United Nations, NATO, the European Commission, the European Union Military Committee, the EU Military Staff, and other EU authorities will be also attendants.

Some of the topics that will be discussed are the major activities of the European Defence Agency, the Permanent Structured Cooperation (PESCO), the Action Plan on military mobility, and the perspectives for crisis management.

Within the Informal Meeting it will be also held a session of the European Defence Agency.

On Friday, 4th May, the Minister of Defence Krasimir Karakachanov and the High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy /Vice-President of the European Commission Federica Mogherini will welcome officially the Heads of the Delegations at Boyana Residence at 7:30pm, after which a photo of the participants in the Informal Meeting will be taken at 8:10pm.

On Saturday, 5th May, at 7:30am, the Minister of Defence Krasimir Karakachanov will welcome the Heads of the delegations in the National Palace of Culture (Entrance A6). After the working sessions, there will be a press conference, hold by the Minister of Defence of Bulgaria, Krasimir Karakachanov, and the High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy/Vice-President of the European Commission, Federica Mogherini, at Hall 6 of the National Palace of Culture, starting at 12.15pm (noon).

The access to Boyana Residence and the National Palace of Culture for the above mentioned activities will be allowed only to accredited representatives of the media.

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Bulgaria Will Pay the First Instalment for Repair of the MiG-29s. The Atlantic Council Disputes the Signed Contract

Bulgaria has decided to repair the MiGs for € 40 mln.

SOFIA (Bulgaria), April 25, 2018, Author: Boyko Nikolov (Bm), Photo: Airgroup 2000

Today, at a regular meeting of the Council of Ministers, the Republic of Bulgaria approved the payment of the first instalment of BGN 26 million for repair of the Bulgarian MiG-29s.

The money is foreseen in the budget of the Ministry of Defence for repair of the aircrafts in question in accordance with the signed agreement between the Bulgarian country and the Russian company RSK MiG.

In its entirety, the financing in question should provide Bulgaria with execution of the undertaken engagements for air defence and implementation of the NATO’s collective defence mechanisms and the Common Security and Defence Policy (CSDP) of the European Union.

Today it became clear that the contract with the Russian Federation is being disputed by the Atlantic Club. In accordance with the Organization whose members are lots of military specialists and other experts, there are particular texts that are in favour of the Russians. For example, it is left to RSK MiG to define what the deadlines for execution of the activities under the contracts will be, regardless of the priorities of the Ministry of Defence.
Aviation experts, including the president Rumen Radev, disputed the scope of the order by indicating that the purchase of new machinery shall be considered as a priority.

It shall be reminded that the agreement itself is worth the total amount of BGN 82 million and was offered in the end of last year when the Ukrainian company UKROboronProm referred to the Commission for Protection of Competition and tried to stop the procedure on awarding of the public procurement.

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No Bulgarian Service Members Injured in Kabul Bombing

No Bulgarian Service Members Injured in Kabul Bombing

SOFIA (Bulgaria), April 23, 2018, Text: BM News Team, Photo: REUTERS/Omar Sobhani

No Bulgarian service members were injured on Sunday, 22nd April 2018, in the explosion in the Afghan capital Kabul. This was said by the National Commander of the 35th Rotating Bulgarian Military Contingent in Afghanistan – Colonel Georgi Margitin, reported the Bulgarian News Agency (BTA).

The explosion took place at quite big distance from the base where the Bulgarian service members are deployed in support of the NATO’s Resolute Support mission.

Since the start of the registration process on 14th April for elections scheduled for October in Afghanistan, this is the first attack in Kabul against a voter registration centre, outside which a bomber blew himself up on Sunday, 22nd April. At least 57 people were killed and 119 were injured, but the total numbers would probably rise. Nearby cars and buildings were also destroyed.

Responsibility for the attack has been claimed by ISIS (Islamic State of Iraq and Syria).

A month ago on 21st March there was another attack in Kabul. The victims then were over 30, and the injured people – at least 70. The responsibility for the attack then was also claimed by the Islamic State.

The attack on 22nd April is reported to be the deadliest attack in Kabul since January when 100 people were killed by explosives hidden in an ambulance.

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