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Bulgaria will receive its F-16 Block 70 fighter jets through NATO agency

SOFIA, (BM) - The NATO Support and Procurement Agency (NSPA) will deliver Bulgaria from the United States the new F-16 Block 70 fighter jets and their equipment, learned BulgarianMilitary.com. Read more: Military and defense analyzes, comments, opinions and rating – Defweek.com Read more: The Bulgarian Ministry of Defence Transferred to

Opticoelectron’s product in service of Bulgarian police and special forces

SOFIA, (BM) - Opticoelectronics has a long list of clients from all over the world. In almost every continent, the company has sold and currently selling its products - from daily sights to sophisticated mobile or stationary surveillance and security systems. Read more: Military innovations – the lightest night vision goggles were presented in

Turkish firms associated with the production of F-35, want to move to Bulgaria

SOFIA, (BM) - Turkish firms participating in the F-35 fighter production program want to move to Bulgaria, learned BulgarianMilitary.com. In an effort to avoid US sanctions, several Turkish firms that produce 937 parts for fifth-generation fighters are already inspecting sites in Bulgaria, according to BNR. Read more: Military and defense

Tender’s deadline for new armored vehicles of Bulgarian Army expires today

SOFIA, (BM) - Today, December 16, 2019, the officially announced deadline for submitting the bids of the four selected companies in the competition for a new armored vehicles for Bulgarian army, learned BulgarianMilitary.com. Read more: General Dynamics offer Piranha combat vehicles to Bulgarian Army The new combat vehicles are to replace

NATO praises Bulgaria’s contributions to Euro-Atlantic security

BRUSSELS, (BM) - Secretary General praises Bulgaria’s contributions to Euro-Atlantic security on fifteenth anniversary of NATO membership, learned BulgarianMilitary.com, according NATO statement. Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg praised Bulgaria’s contributions to collective security in a meeting with Prime Minister Boyko Borissov at NATO

Bulgaria will join NATO’s new initiative„4х30“

SOFIA, (BM) - Bulgaria will join NATO’s new initiative„4х30“ with a mechanized battalion of the land forces, a Military Police unit, medical teams, minesweeper in the Mediterranean, as well as two helicopters for medical evacuation. Read more: NATO Expects North Macedonia to Join the Alliance in 2020 Bulgaria’s Chief of Defense General

US companies want to manufacture weapons in Bulgaria

SOFIA, (BM) - Representatives of eight US businesses visited Bulgaria to conduct over 70 meetings with Bulgarian companies, the Embassy of the United States in Sofia, learned BulgarianMilitary.com, quoting the Embassy of United States statement in social media. Read more: General Dynamics offer Piranha combat vehicles to Bulgarian Army The

General Dynamics offer Piranha combat vehicles to Bulgarian Army

SOFIA, (BM) - General Dynamics European Land Systems (GDELS) - the European unit of the international defense giant General Dynamics, presented on November 28, 2019 at a special event its approach to industrial cooperation in the implementation of the Ministry of Defense project for the acquisition of armored combat vehicles for Land Bulgarian

NATO might have a navy logistic center in Black Sea, near Varna in Bulgaria

WASHINGTON, (BM) - At a meeting between Bulgarian Prime Minister Boyko Borisov and US President Donald Trump, held at the White House, Borisov promised to establish a coordination center for NATO ships in the Black Sea, BulgarianMilitary.com has learned. Read more: NATO Expects North Macedonia to Join the Alliance in 2020 According to the

The ACB wants Patriot air defense missile system to be deployed in Bulgaria

SOFIA, (BM) - The coming meeting between Bulgarian Prime Minister Boyko Borisov and US President Donald Trump on November 25 at the White House caused the Atlantic Council of Bulgaria (ACB) to draw up a long list of possibilities that Borisov to discuss with Trump. Read more: Bulgaria’s Defense Spending in 2019 is 3.1% of GDP According to

Bulgaria’s defense spending in 2019 is 3.1% of GDP

LONDON, (BM) - Bulgarian Prime Minister Boyko Borisov and NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg spoke each other before the NATO summit in London, learned BulgarianMilitary.com. "I highly appreciate the Alliance's role in protecting security, freedom and democratic values. For us, Bulgaria's national security and defense is only guaranteed

Why is Bulgaria Not Buying UAVs?

PANAGYURISHTE, (BM) - In 2023, Bulgaria should receive the first two F-16s from US manufacturer Lockheed Martin. The deal is for eight planes and is worth $ 1.2 billion. But this is only the first part of the entire government program package, because after the first eight, we will order eight more. It is a little known fact that the F-16 is a

Russia Makes Profit by the Bulgarian F-16 Purchase

PANAGYURISHTE, (BM) - Bulgaria has chosen to buy the F-16 Block 70/72 fighter jet. My personal opinion is the F-16 and Saab Gripen are two very good planes for that price. Few people realize that this type of military deal is geopolitical in nature and affects not only the parties to the deal but also third parties. Remember - geopolitical

The US 37th Squadron and Bulgarian 68th Special Forces in Free-Fall Course Training

SOFIA, (BM) - Airmen and aircraft from the 37th Airlift Squadron deployed from Ramstein Air Base, Germany, provided primary airlift support for a U.S. sponsored military free-fall course in Plovdiv, Bulgaria, Sept. 24 - Oct. 1, 2019, learned BulgarianMilitary.com. As a central focus of exercise Thracian Fall 19, the military free-fall course,

Bulgaria Wants to Produce a Combat Aircraft Jointly with South Korea

SEOUL, (BM) - Bulgaria negotiates with South Korea for construction of combat aircraft assembly plant, learned BulgarianMilitary.com Within the framework of his visit to the Republic of Korea, Prime Minister Boyko Borissov laid a wreath in tribute to the memory of the Korean citizens who lost their lives in the independence movement during the

Bulgaria Plans to Invest $1,4 Million for Propeller Aircraft

SOFIA, (BM) - Bulgaria's defence ministry said at September 13 that it has launched a tender for signing a four-year framework agreement for supply of training propeller aircraft and related services, worth an estimated 2.5 million levs ($1.4 million/1.3 million euro), learned BulgarianMilitary.com. Read more: Bulgaria Provided $ 46,6 Million

Romania and Bulgaria are Accelerating Programs to Modernize Their Armed Forces

SOFIA, (BM) - As Russia becomes increasingly determined to project its military power over the Black Sea, Romania and Bulgaria are accelerating programs to modernize their armed forces and replace Soviet-designed gear with Western-made weapons and equipment, learned BulgarianMilitary.com, quoting Novinite. Read more: Bulgaria Climbed to 49th

Opticoelectron Unveils Its Latest High-Tech Optics at DSEi, UK

LONDON/PANAGYURISHTE, (BM) - One of the largest exhibitions on military technology and weapons in the world, Dsei, London, was completed last week. The Bulgaria`s Opticoelectron - a leading company in the production of military optical technology on the Balkans has been participated once again with its own stand. "As you know, we have

The President’s Veto on the Bulgarian Military Intelligence Act Has Been Rejected

SOFIA, (BM) - Bulgaria’s Parliament on September 5 overturned the President's veto on changes to the Military Intelligence Act that allow a civilian to head the Military Information Service as an alternative to the requirement to be a military member, learned BulgarianMilitary.com, quoting Novinite. Read more: A New Bulgarian Act Provide for

Bulgaria Climbed to 49th Place in the 2019 Military Strength Ranking

SOFIA, (BM) - Bulgaria climbed to 49th place in the 2019 Military Strength Ranking, learned BulgarianMilitary.com, quoting Novinite.com. Bulgaria is 11 positions up from last year. Read more: Bulgaria Provided $ 46,6 Million for the Repair of Su-25 Four of the five permanent members of the UN Security Council and India are occupying the

Bulgaria Provided $ 46,6 Million for the Repair of Su-25

SOFIA, (BM) - The government has fulfilled its commitment and provided BGN 82.510 ($46,6) million to the Ministry of Defense for the aircraft, Prime Minister Boyko Borisov announced on his Facebook page, learned BulgarianMilitary.com. Read more: Bulgaria Invites Russian Specialists to Repair Su-25 Together With the Bulgarian Company “Avionams”

Bulgarian Replacement of Navy Ships will Be a Costly and Timely Challenge

SOFIA, (BM) - Replacing legacy and obsolete vessels with modern, multirole Western made platforms will be a costly and timely challenge, which Bulgarian Government can no longer dither over. Unfortunately the modernisation process has consistently been mismanaged by decision-makers in Sofia prone to changing their procurement goals and

Joint Bulgarian-American Training Will Continues Until August, 25th

SOFIA, (BM) - Joint Bulgarian-American training with the participation of the Special Forces of the Bulgarian Army and the Army Air Force formed by the US Army in Europe will continue from August 19 to 25 in our country, learned BulgarianMilitary.com, quoting Defence360. This was reported by the Ministry of Defense's Public Relations

Bulgaria Plans to Invest $836 Million for New Armored Vehicles

SOFIA, (BM) - Bulgaria has sent a request to four European countries for proposals for 150 armored vehicles, the defense ministry said on Tuesday, learned BulgarianMilitary.com, quoting Reuters. The Balkan state, which joined NATO in 2004, has called for bids in a 1.46 billion levs ($836.24 million) tender from Germany, Finland, France and

The US Welcomes the Bulgaria`s Decision to Purchase Eight F-16 Fighter Jets

SOFIA, (BM) - The United States welcomes the Bulgarian Government’s decision to purchase eight F-16 multirole fighter aircraft, munitions and related equipment, a statement by the U.S. Department of State spokesperson reads, learned BulgarianMilitary.com, quoting Bulgarian National Radio. Read more: The Contract for the Purchase of F-16 Block

Bulgaria`s Opticoelectron to Participate at DSEi Exhibition in London This September

PANAGYURISHTE, (BM) - The Bulgarian C4ISR specialized company Opticoelectron will participates at the military and defence exhibition DSEi London at september this year, learned BulgarianMilitary.com. Opticoelectron has a closed cycle of production starting from research and development going through production process to marketing, promoting

Spike Missile Weapon System by Eurospike Was Presented in Sofia, Bulgaria

SOFIA, (BM) - The based in Germany joint venture Eurospike presented at a special event yesterday in Sofia`s hotel its own Spike missile weapon system, learned BulgarianMilitary.com. The company unveiled more details about Spike SR short-range missile system, Spike LR2 5th generation multi-purpose missile system and Spike ER2 5th generation

Bulgaria Plans to Select an Armored Vehicles Supplier in December 2019

SOFIA, (BM) - Bulgaria has announced on Friday, July 19, 2019, a tender for the supply of 150 wheeled armored vehicles for its armed forces, learned BulgarianMilitary.com, quoting Army Recognition and Bulgarian MoD. The Bulgaria Ministry of Defense has invited four Defense Companies to send an offer, including Rheinmetall- Krauss-Maffei Wegmann

NATO’s Maritime Exercise, Breeze 2019, is Underway in Bulgaria

VARBA, (BM) - NATO's maritime exercise, Breeze 2019, is underway in Bulgaria, BulgarianMilitary.com reports, quoting Novinite.com. Commodore Josee Kurtz from Canada, in command of the naval exercise, told reporters Wednesday in the port city of Varna that they are in the Black Sea to be with their partners and allies. "Russia also has a

U.S. Tanks Taking Part in Bulgarian Multinational Maritime Exercise Platinum Lion

SOAFIA, (BM) - The U.S. Army’s current main battle tank, the Abrams, is taking part in Bulgarian-hosted multinational maritime exercise Platinum Lion 19, learned BulgarianMilitary.com, quoting defence Blog. Platinum Lion is a Bulgarian-hosted multinational maritime exercise designed to improve the operational and tactical interoperability among

The Breakthrough of Bulgarian NRA Server Threatens National and European Security

PANAGYURISHTE, (BM) - "The hacker attack has in all cases a political effect and affects national security" the Interior Minister Mladen Marinov told journalists, learned BulgarianMilitary.com. He also said that, according to the initial information of the investigators, including State Agenyc of National Security (SANS), the National

The Bulgarian Council of Ministers Has Approved the F-16`s Purchase

SOFIA, (BM) - The Bulgarian Council of Ministers has approved the F-16 purchase, learned BulgarianMilitary.com. „Lockheed Martin welcomes the Bulgarian cabinet’s decision to accept the Letter of Acceptance from the U.S. Government for eight F-16 Block 70 aircraft, the most advanced version of this benchmark NATO fighter available today." the

Bulgaria, the Total Price of F-16 Has Been Reduced to BGN 2.1 Billion, Sources Said

SOFIA, (BM) - The total price of F-16 Fighter Jets has been reduced to BGN 2.1 Billion, learned BulgarianMilitary.com, according sources of Bulgarian newspaper "24 Chasa". An F-16`s training simulator will be built at the in "Dolna Mitropoliya" military school, according the sources. This requirement has been provided in the approved US offer

Terem Will Repair Bulgarian Military Helicopters Mi-17 and Mi-24 for BGN 38.7 Million

SOFIA, (BM) - The state-owned company “Terem” will perform a major repair of the helicopters Mi-17 and Mi-24 amounting to BGN 38.7 million, learned BulgarianMilitary.com. On June 12, The Ministry of Defence has concluded a four-year framework agreement with “Terem Holding”, which will work with a sub-contractor - the company “Terem-Letets”.

Gen. Sabev – US Has Offered Bulgaria a Very Good Package Deal for the F-16

SOFIA, (BulgarianMilitary.com) - The United States has offered us a very good package deal, the given maximum price includes what we want. So the upcoming purchase of F-16 fighter aircrafts for the Bulgarian aviation was commented on bTV's air by Gen. Sabi Sabev, co-founder of the Atlantic Council of Bulgaria, learned BulgarianMilitary.com.

The Bulgarian Military Shipyard MTG-Dolphin Awarded for Quality by KRIB

SOFIA, (BGM) - The high standards of shipbuilding set and pursued by MTG-Dolphin earned the company the big prize in the “Quality” category at the Fifth annual ball of the Confederation of Employers and Industrialists in Bulgaria (KRIB), which took place on the 4th of June, 2019, learned BulgarianMilitary.com. Read more: MTG-Dolphin

The Exact Equipment Of The F-16s Intended For Bulgaria If It Decides To Buy Them

WASHINGTON, (BGM) - As we announced yesterday (May,4), the US Congress has allowed Bulgaria to be given the opportunity to purchase a complete package for eight F-16 Block 70 multirole fighter aircrafts worth $ 1.6 billion. Read more: Lockheed Martin Gave More Details about the Approved By the Congress Deal for Bulgarian F-16 Here is the

The US Congress Approved the Possible Sale of F-16 to Bulgaria

WASHINGTON, (BGM) - An announcement was published on the website of the US Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) stating that the US Congress has allowed Bulgaria to be given the opportunity to purchase a complete package for eight F-16 Block 70 multirole fighter aircrafts worth $ 1.6 billion, learned BulgarianMilitary.com. Read more:

The Outcome of the Project for Two New Bulgarian Patrol Ships Is Expected In Mid-June

SOFIA, (BGM) - The Ministry of Defence has already opened the bids for two new patrol ships, learned BulgarianMilitary.com after confirmation by the military ministry. So far, however, they remain silent and explain that everything in connection with the project for about BGN 1 billion will become clear only when the proposal to the Council of

Summer 2019 – Bulgarian Series of Key Military Exercises

SOFIA (BGM) - U.S. Army Europe is conducting and/or participating in a series of exercises in May and June 2019 in the Black Sea and Balkan regions, learned BulgarianMilitary.com. Each exercise is a separate entity, but many utilize a common scenario focused on furthering partner capacity while improving interoperability and readiness. Read

A Financial Problem Has Arisen for the Overhaul of the Bulgarian`s Su-25s

SOFIA (BGM) - A serious financial problem has arisen in past few weeks with the repair of some of the Bulgarian Air Force equipment, learned BulgarianMilitary.com. In november 2018, a contract was signed for major overhaul of fourteen Su-25s from the Bulgarian Air Force by the 558th Aviation Repair Plant in Baranavichy (Belarus). The overhaul

Belgium Requested To Rearm the Bulgarian Land Forces

SOFIA (BM) - Belgium has declared that it wants to participate in the project for the modernization of our Land Forces, learned BulgarianMilitary.com. The largest Belgian company in the defence industry, John Cockerill Defense, has officially announced that it will be involved in the Bulgarian Ministry of Defence’s competition for the project

Shabla 2019 Joint Tactical Combat Exercise to Be Held In June

SOFIA (BM) - Shabla 2019 will take place from June 4 to June 14, 2019, at the National Air Defence Training Centre “Shabla”, learned BulgarianMilitary.com. It will include up to 1,200 servicemen from the Air Force (Graf Ignatievo and Krumovo Air Bases, formations of the anti-aircraft missile troops, logistics and communications experts and

Atlantic Council Of Bulgaria: The Russian Factors Aspire To Failure For F-16

SOFIA (BM) - The choice of the F-16 has always been opposed by those factors in our country that work for Russian interests. They will not stop looking for ways to fail the deal and from now on they will concentrate all their efforts to sabotage the process, learned BulgarianMilitary.com, accourding Atlantic Council statement. Read more:

The Joint Preparation of Bulgarian and Greek Special Operations Forces Has Begun

SOFIA, Bulgaria (BulgarianMilitary.com) - A joint preparation of formations of the 68th Special Forces Brigade and the Special Operations Forces of the Hellenic Republic started on May 16 and will take place on the territory of Bulgaria, learned BulgarianMilitary.com. Until May 23, the Bulgarian and Greek servicemen will work on special

Bulgaria and 21 More EDA Member States Sign New Military Mobility Programme

BRUSSELS, Belgium (BulgarianMilitary.com) - In the margins of May 14 EDA Steering Board, Bulgaria and 21 more member States (Austria, Belgium, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Estonia, France, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, the Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Spain, Sweden) and EDA signed a new

Bulgaria Will Host Allied Exercise with 6,000 Soldiers, Land Equipment and Aircrafts

SOFIA, Bulgaria (BulgarianMilitary.com) - A series of exercises for improvement the capabilities of the armed forces at national and allied levels will be held in May and June in a number of countries, learned BulgarianMilitary.com. Bulgaria is one of them, and the rest are Romania, Croatia, Hungary, Slovenia and North Macedonia. According to

The Bulgarian Military Police and the US National Guard Begin a Joint Exercise

NOVO SELO, Bulgaria (BulgarianMilitary.com) - The international exercise Beyond the Horizon 2019 of the Military Police Service will be held from today (May 13th) to May 16th, 2019 at Novo Selo Training Area. Servicemen and personnel from Bulgaria (Military Police Service and National Service for Protection), the National Guard of the United

The International Flight Exercise Thracian Star 2019 Has Begun

SOFIA, Bulgaria (BulgarianMilitary.com) - The International Flight Exercise Thracian Star 2019 started on 8 May. Until 17 May, military personnel from the Bulgarian Air Force, Greece, Romania and Italy will exercise joint tasks in the range of preparations led by the troops of the Air Force, learned BugarianMilitary.com. Read more: Field

Bulgarian State-Owned Arms Trader Kintex Net Profit Grew to $12.4 mln in 2018

SOFIA, Bulgaria (BulgarianMilitary.com) - Bulgarian state-owned arms trader Kintex said that its net profit grew to 21.6 million levs (US$12.4 million/11.0 million euro) in 2018 from US$9,4 mln. the year before, despite a drop in revenue, learned bulgarianMilitary.com, quoting SeeNews. The company's total revenue lost 23% to US$147 mln. last

Bulgaria Will Receive the Most Advanced F-16 Fighter Jet at the Best Possible Price

SOFIA, Bulgaria (BulgarianMilitary.com) - F-16 jet fighters price is high but reasonable, learned BulgarianMilitary.com, according US Ambasador statement. "Bulgaria will receive the most advanced F-16 fighter jet at the best possible price", US Ambassador to Sofia Eric Rubin said. "I think the price is reasonable. I understand that it is

A Bulgarian Delegation Leaves For Washington to Negotiate the F-16

SOFIA, Bulgaria (BulgarianMilitary.com) - A Bulgarian delegation is leaving on May 7, 2019, for Washington to negotiate the acquisition of a new type of combat aircraft for the Bulgarian army, the Minister of Defence Krasimir Karakachanov announced, learned BulgarianMilitary.com. The delegation will be led by the Deputy Minister of Defence

The Bulgarian Day of Bravery Will Be Celebrated with a Military Parade in Sofia

SOFIA, Bulgaria (BulgarianMilitary.com) - Traditionally, the Day of Bravery and the celebration of the Bulgarian Army - May 6 will be celebrated with a military parade in Sofia, learned BulgarianMilitary.com, quoting Novinite. It will begin at 10:00 on Knyaz Alexander I Square, with over 1,000 troops from the Armed Forces, 48 ​​Chain and

Lockheed Martin has Inaugurated New F-16 Production Line in Greenville.

SOFIA, Bulgaria (BulgarianMilitary.com) - Lockheed Martin’s new F-16 production line, where Bulgaria’s new fleet of F-16 Block 70 fighters will be manufactured, has been officially inaugurated in Greenville, South Carolina, United States, learned BulgarianMilitary.com, quoting Lockheed Martin`s press release. With tooling and production

The Bulgarian Military Ministry Has Opened the Three Bids for Two Patrol Ships

SOFIA, Bulgaria (BulgarianMilitary.com) - The Bulgarian military ministry already opened the three bids for two patrol ships, learned BulgarianMilitary.com. According to several sources in the media, the government's decision which company to build patrol ships will be taken after the European Parliament elections. BulgarianMilitary.com can

Electron Progress – the Leading Bulgarian Integrator

SOFIA, Bulgaria (BulgarianMilitary.com) - It is not unrecognizable fact that Bulgaria had a highly devoped military industry during the years of communism. The Military industrial Complex was then one of the few sectors that were able to develop even in times when the world was separated from the iron curtain. The arrival of the new times and the

Latest F-16 Orders Will Help Accelerate Deliveries to Bulgaria

SOFIA, Bulgaria (BulgarianMilitary.com) - The selection of new F-16 Block 72 fighter aircraft by Morocco and an operator in Asia Pacific will enhance plans to begin production of Bulgaria’s new front-line fighters and for the first aircraft to be delivered to Bulgaria in late 2022, according to Jim Robinson Lockheed Martin’s regional F-16 campaign

Three Offers Are Expected On the Project for Building Of Two Bulgarian Patrol Ships

SOFIA, Bulgaria (BulgarianMilitary.com) - The Bulgarian government expects to receive three offers by 16 April for participation in the announced project for building of two patrol ships, learned BulgarianMilitary.com. Rear Admiral Mitko Petev, commander of the Bulgarian Navy, commented that no offer had been made yet, with a deadline for this

A Tactical Training Starts in April for Bulgarian and EU Military Aviation

SOFIA, Bulgaria (BulgarianMilitary.com) - From April 1st to 12th the Bulgarian pilots and equipment in the field of our military aviation will take part in courses in the European Program „European Course for Environment of the Tactical Training of the Air Force Aviation“ 2019-2 (ETAR-C 19-2), which will take place at Plovdiv airport, Bezmer

The Bulgarian Company Terem Holding JSCo Will Repair Mi-17 and Mi-24

SOFIA, Bulgaria (BulgarianMilitary.com) - The Bulgarian Ministry of Defence (MoD) announced on 26 March the award of the contract for the overhaul and life extension of four Mi-24V attack and two Mi-17 tactical transport helicopters to local military maintenance, repair, and overhaul company TEREM Holding EAD, learned BulgarianMilitary.com,

Bulgaria’s MoD Has Submitted a Letter of Request (LOR) to the U.S. for the F-16

SOFIA, Bulgaria, (BulgarianMilitary.com) - The Bulgaria’s Ministry of Defence has submitted an official Letter of Request (LOR) to the U.S. Government in connection with the purchase of the F-16 fighters. This was confirmed in a statement made by the Defence Ministry, reported yesterday, by web portal of the Bulgarian aviation magazine AERO,

Bulgaria’s Government Approves BGN 82.51 Million to Repair the Su-25s

SOFIA, Bulgaria, (BulgarianMilitary.com) – At its meeting held on 27the February, the Bulgarian government has approved a report by the Minister of Defence on the payment of up to BGN 82.51 million (without VAT) for the project related to the overhaul of the Bulgaria’s Su-25 fighter jets. The announcement of the Council of Ministers notifies that

“Terem” Starts Repairing 10 of Bulgaria’s MBTs T-72

SOFIA, Bulgaria (BulgarianMilitary.com) - The Bulgarian Ministry of Defence has awarded a contract for the repair of 10 T-72 tanks at a total value of BGN 5 140 200 (with VAT). This was stated by a reporter at BGNES Agency, citing the Minister of Defence Krasimir Karakachanov, learned BulgarianMilitary.com. The overhaul will be carried out by

Lockheed Martin Discusses Cooperation with the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences

SOFIA, Bulgaria (BulgarianMilitary.com) - The U.S corporation Lockheed Martin is discussing the possibility of cooperating with the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences (BAS) for the purchase of the F-16 fighters for which Bulgaria is currently negotiating with the U.S, the FOCUS News Agency reported, citing a new press release of the company, learned

We Expect the First F-16s in Bulgaria After 36 Months

SOFIA, Bulgaria (BulgarianMilitary.com) - Bulgaria will expect its first F-16 fighters after 36 months, according to the words of Krasimir Karakachanov, learned BulgarianMilitary.com. According to the minister, the contract between Bulgaria and the American manufacturer could be signed this year by the end of June. At NATO’s Security

The Procedure for the Overhaul of Bulgaria’s Only An-30 Aircraft Was Suspended

SOFIA, Bulgaria (BulgarianMilitary.com) - The Bulgarian Ministry of Defence suspended the procedure for awarding a public procurement contract for the repair of the only An-30 for aerial cartography in service with the Bulgarian Air Force. This becomes clear from a decision by the Minister of Defence Krasimir Karakachanov, taken on 28th January,

The Chief of Defence Reported 2018 was a Successful Year for the Bulgarian Army

SOFIA, Bulgaria (BulgarianMilitary.com) - The results of the Bulgarian armed forced shown in 2018 are positive and the past year can be considered as successful. This was announced by the Chief of Defence General Andrey Botsev before presenting the analysis on the performance of the Bulgarian Army and the structures under the direct

Ambassador Eric Rubin: Bulgaria was not Pressured to Choose the U.S. F-16

SOFIA, Bulgaria (BulgarianMilitary.com) – Bulgaria has never been pressured to choose the F-16. “This is a Bulgarian sovereign decision. Bulgaria is our partner, a member of NATO and the EU." This, the U.S. Ambassador to Bulgaria Eric Rubin assured in an interview with BTV on the upcoming talks with the U.S. on the purchase of a new fighter,

The New Patrol Boats Project of The Bulgarian Navy is Slowly Advancing

VARNA, Bulgaria (BulgarianMilitary.com) - The project for the purchase of two new patrol boats, which will amount to about BGN 1 billion (with VAT), is advancing slowly as it has recently remained in the shadow of the scandals related to the procedure for the acquisition of new fighters. This became clear yesterday (29th January) after the

The Verbal Attacks over the F-16 Purchase Continue

SOFIA, Bulgaria (BulgarianMilitary.com) – The purchase of the F-16 fighters has provoked a new wave of verbal attacks between Bulgaria’s President Rumen Radev and the government. This happened yesterday (28th January) after the Bulgarian President stated that the competition through which F-16 was chosen was “butafor”, during his annual press

Sweden Remains Open to Negotiation with Bulgaria on Gripen Fighters

SOFIA, Bulgaria (BulgarianMilitary.com) - Sweden remains ready to negotiate on the Gripen fighters in the procedure of selecting a new type of combat aircraft for the Bulgarian Air Forces, according to the official position of the Director Export and International Relations of Swedish Defence Material Administration (FMV) Joakim

Lockheed Martin: We Will Support Our New Bulgarian Partners

SOFIA, Bulgaria (BulgarianMilitary.com) – Yesterday, in a special press release sent to the media, the U.S. company Lockheed Martin expressed its readiness to support the Bulgarian government in the forthcoming negotiations with the U.S. government on the purchase of new fighter jets for the Bulgarian Air Force, learned BulgarianMilitary.com.

Bulgaria’s Defence Ministry Issues Tender for Antonov An-30 Aircraft Overhaul

SOFIA, Bulgaria (BulgarianMilitary.com) - Amid the heated debates over the purchase of a new type of combat aircraft, the Bulgarian Defence Ministry continues with its serious large-scale program for the maintenance of the old equipment in military aviation. In particular, this time it concerns the repair of the Antonov An-30 aircraft, for which

Bulgaria’s Defence Ministry Reports a Number of Positive Trends in the Past 2018

SOFIA, Bulgaria (BulgarianMilitary.com) - On one of the last days of 2018 (28th December), the Bulgarian Defence Ministry published a summary information about a number of positive trends and results reported in the past year, learned BulgarianMilitary.com. Since 2012, for the first time the department reported that, in 2018, the number of

The Equipment and Capacity of the U.S. F-16 Block 70 Offered to Bulgaria

SOFIA, Bulgaria (BulgarianMilitary.com) - According to today's press release of the global aerospace and defence company Lockheed Martin, the F-16 Block 70, selected by Bulgaria, features the most advanced fourth-generation technologies and capacity that are used in NATO member countries. The information states that the technology of this aircraft

Over BGN 113 Million Extra Funding Allocated for the Needs of the Bulgarian Army

SOFIA, Bulgaria (BulgarianMilitary.com) - At the request of Bulgaria’s Prime Minister Boyko Borisov, today (12th December), at its meeting the Bulgarian government voted to direct an extra BGN 113.6 million toward the needs of the Bulgarian Army, learned BulgarianMilitary.com. Today's meeting of the Council of Ministers, which was attended by

Bulgarian Shiprepair Yard “Terem-SRY Flotski Arsenal – Varna” Operates at a Loss

SOFIA, Bulgaria (BulgarianMilitary.com) - "Terem - SRY Flotski Arsenal – Varna” LTD  has accumulated 3 million debts and operates at a loss, this was announced by the Bulgarian news agency BGNES, quoting the Defence Minister Krasimir Karakachanov's response to a parliamentary question on the activity and the economic and financial standing of

“Arsenal” Arms Plant to Undergo Full Investigation after Seized Illegal Weapons

SOFIA, Bulgaria (BulgarianMilitary.com) – The Prosecutor's Office of Republic of Bulgaria has ordered an inspection to be carried out in the Kazanlak-based arms factory “Arsenal”, in connection with the number of weapons, presumably manufactured and illegally taken out of that factory, which were seized on 4th December during an operation of DGCOC…

Bulgaria’s Deputy Defence Minister Participated in EDA Annual Conference

SOFIA, Bulgaria (BulgarianMilitary.com) – The Bulgarian Deputy Minister of Defence Lieutenant General Atanas Zapryanov participated in the European Defence Agency's annual conference, held yesterday (29th November) at Brussels, which this year was devoted to unmanned and autonomous systems as a critical topic on the agendas of the national and…

Bulgaria Remains Without Firefighting Helicopters after a Failed Procedure

SOFIA, Bulgaria (BulgarianMilitary.com) - So far, Bulgaria still remains without helicopters for aerial firefighting since the procurement for the delivery of this type of equipment, namely Bambi Bucket for two Cougar helicopters, has failed. This is reported by the Bulgarian aviation magazine Аеropress, referring to a decision signed on 31th…

Bulgarian Navy Project Approved by EU under PESCO Framework

SOFIA, Bulgaria (BulgarianMilitary.com) – The Bulgarian Navy project proposal for developing deployable modular underwater intervention capability package (DIVEPACK project) is among the 17 new projects under the permanent structured cooperation (PESCO) defence pact that the EU defence and foreign ministers agreed on, during their joint session in…

Bulgaria Can Play an Essential Role in F-16 Maintenance

SOFIA, Bulgaria (BulgarianMilitary.com) - On November 21, at an organized meeting, Lockheed Martin again made a presentation of the proposed to the Bulgarian government F-16 aircraft, learned BulgarianMilitary.com. The meeting was organized by the American Chamber of Commerce in Bulgaria and short presentations to the media and part of the…

Bulgarian Navy Frigate Drazki Joins NATO Operation “Sea Guardian”

BURGAS, Bulgaria (BulgarianMilitary.com) – On 16 November, the Wielingen-class frigate Drazki, part of the Bulgarian Navy division of patrol ships for the NATO-led Mediterranean „Sea Guardian - 2018”, has sailed from its home port based in the town of Burgas, in order to take part in the operation, learned BulgarianMilitary.com. The frigate,…

VMZ Sopot Will Produce UAVs Based on Israeli Technology

SOPOT, Bulgaria (BulgarianMilitary.com) - VMZ Sopot and Israel’s Aeronautics Group begin their cooperation and technology transfer after their officially signed contract for the production of unmanned aerial vehicles, known as “drones”, learned BulgarianMilitary.com. It is expected this agreement to be a real opportunity for the Bulgarian…

The participation of Optix has provoked interest at Indo Defence – Indonesia

PANAGYURISHTE, Bulgaria (BulgarianMilitary.com) - For the third consecutive time OPTIX participated in the biggest exhibition in South-eastern Asia – Indоdefence, which was held from the 7th till the 10th of November in Jakarta, Indonesia, learned bugarianmilitary.com The forum gathered more than 800 companies from 55 countries. The…

In 2017 Bulgaria Exported 20% More Arms and Munitions

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 Bulgarian and Romanian Naval Forces Started their Annual Exercise Poseidon 2018

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…

Bulgarian Land Forces Expect Another 12 Projects for Their Complete Modernization

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…

Quality Bulgarian Optics at the International Exhibition Indo Defence in Indonesia

JAKARTA, Indonesia, (BulgarianMilitary.com) - In the period from 07-11 November, for another year, the international military Indo Defence 2018 Expo & Forum is held in Jakarta, Indonesia. Approximately 850 international companies in the area of military-defence production and security participate in the current exhibition, among which is…

National Computer-Assisted Command Post Exercise “Esen 2018” Started in Bulgaria

SOFIA, Bulgaria, (BulgarianMilitary.com) – Today, the Bulgarian Ministry of Defence published information on the ongoing national computer-assisted Command Post Exercise Esen - 2018, which is being conducted since yesterday at the Charalitsa National Military Training Complex and at the posts for permanent deployment of military units in eight…

Bulgaria’s MPs Adopted a New Cyber Security Act

SOFIA, Bulgaria, (BulgarianMilitary.com) – Last week, Bulgaria’s National Assembly has adopted a new Cyber Security Act, which regulates the management and organization of the National Cyber Security System, the national cyber security coordinator, response teams within different sectors, as well as a national response team, for cyber security…

Elbit Systems Held Industrial Cooperation Day for Potential Partners from Bulgaria

SOFIA, Bulgaria, (BulgarianMilitary.com) - The Israel-based international defence electronics company, Elbit Systems, organized and held in Sofia, Industrial Cooperation Day for the Bulgarian industry, in order to present the opportunities that it provides for industrial cooperation as well as its experience and capabilities, in the context of a…

Bulgarian Land Forces and the Air Force Detonated Unexploded WWII Ammunition

SOFIA, Bulgaria, (BulgarianMilitary.com) - Today, specialized units of the Bulgarian Land Forces and Air Forces transported to the army polygon Slivnitsa and detonated there, old unexploded ammunition, which had been found yesterday in the city of Sofia, on Evlogi and Hristo Georgievi Blvd., learned BulgarianMilitary.com. The ammunition, found…

Bulgaria’s Defence Minister Confirms the Delay of the Deal for the New Fighter

SOFIA, Bulgaria, (BulgarianMilitary.com) - Bulgarian Minister of Defence Krasimir Karakachanov confirmed what was expected and stated earlier, namely that there will be delay in the evaluation of bids for a new fighter, which leads to a delay in the whole process of its acquisition, learned BulgarianMilitary.com. Bulgaria’s Defence Minister said…

Bulgarian military ships highly evaluated by international experts in Paris

PARIS, France (BulgarianMilitary.com) - Two Bulgarian military patrol ships attracted the attention of the experts during the largest exhibition of naval equipment and technologies Euronaval 2018, which is taking place in Paris. They are designed by the shipyard MTG – Dolphin, which is the only Bulgarian representative among the 400 companies,…

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

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…

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

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,…

Six People Injured during an Accident in “Arsenal” Military Plant

KAZANLAK, Bulgaria (BulgarianMilitary.com) – Today, a second accident for this year, due to local ignition, has happened in the one of the workshops of the Bulgarian military plant “Arsenal”, located in the town of Kazanlak. This was reported earlier today by BGNES Agency, learned BulgarianMilitary.com. The breakdown happened this morning,…

Big Interest in the SWIR Technology of Opticoelectron at the AUSA Exposition

WASHINGTON, the USA(BulgarianMilitary.com) - For a second consecutive year the Bulgarian optical manufacturer Opticoelectron continues to be the first and only native representative invited to present its products at one of the largest exposition of military technologies and elaborations – AUSA, Washington, the USA, reported BulgarianMilitary.com…

Tactical Exercise Strike Back 2018 will be Held at Koren Field Training Ground

SOFIA, Bulgaria, (BulgarianMilitary.com) – For another year, the Bulgarian Army will conduct the tactical training exercise Strike Back. This year’s combat shooting drill will be held in the period between 16th and 19th October, at the Field Training Ground Koren. According to the announcement of the Bulgarian Ministry of Defence, the theme of…

A Bulgarian Delegation Participated in the October 2018 meetings of NAC in Brussels

SOFIA, Bulgaria (BulgarianMilitary.com) – A Bulgarian delegation headed by the Deputy Defence Minister Atanas Zapryanov participated in the meetings of the North Atlantic Council (NAC) at the level of Defence Ministers, learned BulgarianMilitary.com The meetings took place at New NATO Headquarters Brussels, Belgium on 3-4 October 2018 and were…

The Comments on the Bids for the New Bulgarian Fighter are Now On

SOFIA, Bulgaria (BulgarianMilitary.com) - The evaluation of the bids for the new Bulgarian fighter is now on, as well as the comments. After the opening of the envelopes and the boxes containing the four offers on Monday (1st October 2018), yesterday (2nd October 2018) the Bulgarian Prime Minister Boiko Borisov and the Defence Minister Krasimir…

SAAB Gripen Played its Trump Card for the Deal of New Bulgarian Fighter Jets

SOFIA, Bulgaria (BulgarianMilitary.com) - Lockheed Martin's presentation on 18 September in Sofia, with which the company officially made its offer for a sale of F-16 Block 72 to Bulgaria, undoubtedly turned out to be a strong move by the U.S. company, considering that it was the only from all participants that took this commercial practice. Today,…

The New Bulgarian Fighter Will Be Selected from among Four Bids

SOFIA, Bulgaria (BulgarianMilitary.com) - The new Bulgarian fighter will be selected from among four bids from three countries (the USA, Sweden and Italy) for new Boeing F-16s, Lockheed Martin F-18s and Gripen fighters, and second-hand Eurofighter jets under the tender procedure for the purchase of new combat jets for the needs of the Bulgarian Air…

General Andrey Botsev (Bulgaria) Attended a NATO Military Committee Conference

SOFIA, Bulgaria (BulgarianMilitary.com) – A regular annual conference of the NATO’s highest Military Authority, the Military Committee at the level of Chiefs of Defence, was held in Warsaw, Poland from 28 to 30 September 2018. The Chief of Defence of Bulgaria General Andrey Botsev was one of the participants, learned BulgarianMilitary.com Read…

Only “558 ARP” Has Submitted Documents for the Bulgarian Su-25 Overhaul

SOFIA, Bulgaria (BulgarianMilitary.com) - Today in the National Assembly, Defense Minister, Krasimir Karakachanov, said that there is only one bidder for the repair of the Bulgarian aircraft Su-25 and this is the Belarusian company 558 Aircraft Repair Plant, learned BulgarianMilitary.com. In August this year, the Ministry of Defense has launched…

Bulgarian Ministry of Defense Delegation Visits Sweden

SOFIA, Bulgaria, (BulgarianMilitary.com) – Yesterday, Bulgaria’s Ministry of Defense, announced a forthcoming two-day visit of office delegates to Sweden, planned to take place on 27th and 28th September 2018. There, the Bulgarian delegation is lead by Deputy Minister of Defence, Atanas Zapryanov, learned BulgarianMilitary.com. During the visit,…

BDIA Organizes National Conference on Defence Industry

SOFIA, Bulgaria (BulgarianMilitary.com) - Today, 20th September, at the Central Military Club in Sofia, the Bulgarian Defence Industries Association organizes a national conference with international participation “Defence Industry – a leader of the innovations in Bulgaria”, learned BulgarianMilitary.com The conference is under the patronage of…

Bulgarian Servicemen in Blue Bridge and Saber Junction 2018 Exercises

SOFIA, Bulgaria (BulgarianMilitary.com), 19 September 2018, Editor: Stanislava Georgieva, Photo credit: Sgt. Charles Johnston On 18 September, the Bulgarian Air Force MiG-29 pair and the Romania’s supersonic jet fighter MiG-21 took part in the annual joint flying training „Blue Bridge - 2018”, conducted since 2012 between the Bulgarian and…

F-16 Block 72 Known as Viper Has Been Offered to Bulgaria

SOFIA, Bulgaria (BulgarianMilitary.com), 19 September 2018, Author: Boyko Nikolov, Photo credit: Pixabay The U.S. concern and one of the biggest manufacturers of military equipment in the world – Lockheed Martin made its presentation on 18th Septemeber at Arena di Serdica Boutique Hotel in Sofia, and offered to the Bulgarian Government the…

Bulgaria Will Pay About EUR 5 Million for Repair of Russian Т-72 Tanks

SOFIA, Bulgaria (BulgarianMilitary.com), 28 August 2018, Author: Boyko Nikolov, Photo credit: U.S. Army Photo 13 Т-72 tanks and 60 sights for them will be repaired in the next five years, and the repair will cost about EUR 5 million, decided the Ministry of Defence, learned BulgarianMilitary.com, quoting Dnevnik. The Bulgarian country will…

Bulgaria Cannot Influence the Expected Offers for a New Fighter for its Army

SOFIA, Bulgaria (BulgarianMilitary.com), 24 August 2018, Editor: Bm Team, Photo credit: News Agency BGNES The Ministry of Defence of Bulgaria announced on its website on 23rd August 2018 that the procedure for selection of a new fighter for the Bulgarian Army is at the stage of sent requests for offers to Sweden, the USA, France, Italy, and…

Debts of Avionams at about BGN 15 Million Are on Sale

SOFIA, Bulgaria (BulgarianMilitary.com), 23 August 2018, Editor: Bm Team, Photo credit: en.wikipedia.org/Bulgarian Air Force Mi-17 Non-serviced credit debts at the amount of about BGN 15 million of Avionams will be put on 24 August (Friday) on sale by auction with secret bidding by the assignees of the Corporate Commercial Bank AD which went…

A Delegation of the Bulgarian Ministry of Defence Will Visit the USA

SOFIA, Bulgaria (BulgarianMilitary.com), 21 August 2018, Editor: Galina Zdravkova, Photo credit: Lockheed Martin/ F-16 Block 70 A delegation of the Bulgarian Ministry of Defence led by the Deputy Defence Minister Atanas Zapryanov will visit the USA from 27th to 31st August 2018, learned BulgarianMilitary.com The visit is organized after an…

U.S. and Bulgarian Navy Servicemen Participated in Joint Exercise in Varna

VARNA, Bulgaria (BulgarianMilitary.com), 16 August 2018, Editor: Stanislava Georgieva On 13 August, servicemen from the U.S. and Bulgarian Naval Forces participated in the joint PASSEX-type exercise that this time took place in the Gulf of Varna on the Black Sea. In the training also were involved an American destroyer squadron "USS CARNEY",…

Bulgarian Naval Forces 139th Anniversary Celebrations in Varna

VARNA, Bulgaria (BulgarianMilitary.com), 13 August 2018, Editor: Stanislava Georgieva, Photo credit: BNR After the official events in Ruse, the celebrations for the 139th anniversary of the Bulgarian Naval Forces, continued in Varna, where on 12th August were held solemn ceremonies, with the participation of Bulgarian official, learned…

Optix JSCo. celebrates its 20th anniversary

PANAGYURISHTE, Bulgaria (BulgarianMilitary.com), 08 August 2018, Author: Optix Communication Team, Editor: Boyko Nikolov, Photo credit: Optix JSCo. At the end of last month, OPTIX celebrated its twentieth-year anniversary, by organizing two extremely important and emotional events, learned BulgarianMilitary.com On July 27, the company…

In Bulgaria it is Produced World-class SWIR Technology

PANAGYURISHTE, Bulgaria (BulgarianMilitary.com), August 16, 2018, Author: Boyko Nikolov, Photo Credit: opticoel.com In the course of the upcoming major military projects in Bulgaria, related to the modernization of our army in the Naval-Air-Land directions, in the background seemed to be facts of the Bulgarian military industry that deserve…

Bulgarian Navy Will Receive New Motorboats for $2 million as a Donation from US

VARNA, Bulgaria (BulgarianMilitary.com), 7 August 2018, Editor: Stanislava Georgieva, Photo credit: Pexels.com U.S. officially donated four state-of-the-art equipped high-speed motorboats to the Bulgarian Naval forces. One of them is a medium-sized patrol boat, and the other three are from the type Rigid Hull Inflatable Boats (RHIB), learned…

The Celebrations for the 139th Anniversary of the Bulgarian Navy Started in Ruse

RUSE, Bulgaria (BulgarianMilitary.com), 7 August 2018, Editor: Stanislava Georgieva, Photo credit: BNR This year in August, the Bulgarian Naval Forces celebrate the 139th anniversary of their formation. The celebrations began on 6 August, traditionally in the town of Ruse, where the Navy of the Republic of Bulgaria is established, learned…

The Multinational Joint Exercise “Platinium Lion 18” Begins

SOFIA, Bulgaria (BulgarianMilitary.com), 31 July 2018, Editor: Stanislava Georgieva, Photo credit: Mil.Gov.ua The Bulgarian-American joint exercise „Platinum Lion 18“ began yesterday, 30th July, on the territory of Novo Selo training polygon. The training will last till 10th August, learned BulgarianMilitary.com Read more: Eight NATO member…

The Bulgarian Dep. MoD Zapryanov is Among the New Chairs for the EDA Steering Boards

SOFIA, Bulgaria (BulgarianMilitary.com), 30 July 2018, Editor: Bm Team, Photo credit: News Agency BGNES The Bulgarian Deputy Defence Minister Atanas Zapryanov is among the three new chairmen selected for the European Defence Agency (EDA) Steering Boards. He has been appointed as a chairman in the National Armaments Directors composition, learned…

Official: Bulgaria Will Request Bids for 5 Combat Aircrafts and Their Modifications

SOFIA, Bulgaria, July 26, 2018, Author: Boyko Nikolov, Photo credit: Eurofighter On the website of the Defence Ministry of the Republic of Bulgaria a document was published entitled “Acquisition of a new type of combat aircraft – updated investment cost project”, which actually presents the intention of the country to purchase new combat…

The 35th Bulgarian Contingent Returned from Its Mission in Afghanistan

SOFIA, Bulgaria (BulgarianMilitary.com), 23 July 2018, Editor: Boyko Nikolov, Photo credit: Armymedia.bg All 158 service members from the 35th military contingent of the Bulgarian Armed Forces returned successfully from Afghanistan, where they participated in the NATO Resolute Support Program. The service members were met by the Defence…

The Bulgarian Navy Corvette Bodri Is Participating in Sea Breeze 2018

SOFIA, Bulgaria (BulgarianMilitary.com), 16 July 2018, Editor: Galina Zdravkova, Photo credit: Bulgarian Ministry of Defence The Bulgarian Navy Pauk-class corvette “Bodri” (Brisk) from the 1st Patrol Ships Division is participating in the U.S.-Ukrainian naval drills Sea Breeze 2018. The exercise that began on 9th July will continue until 21 July…

The Bulgarian Naval Exercise BREEZE 2018 is Ongoing

SOFIA, Bulgaria (BulgarianMilitary.com), 16 July 2018, Editor: Galina Zdravkova, Photo credit: Bulgarian Ministry of Defence The Bulgarian exercise BREEZE 2018 with international participation that has started on 13th July is ongoing and will continue till 22nd July. This is a joint training between Bulgarian and foreign service members on…

Some Underwater Stones in Military Deals That May Cost Billions

SOFIA (Bulgaria), July 5, 2018, Source: Mediapool, Nikola Lalov, Photo credit: Pan.bg The government intends within the next several months to solve the three biggest projects for the modernization of the Army – the purchase of new type of fighter jets, armoured vehicles and ships, which represent the most serious investment program in the Army…

About € 4 Million Is Invested by Opticoelectron in 2017

PANAGYURISHTE, Bulgaria (BulgarianMilitary.com), June 29, 2018, Author: Boyko Nikolov, Picture: Hristo Elkin Interesting indices and positive attitudes in the investment policy showed the general annual report of the companies in the structure of Opticoelectron Group JSCo during the last year. About € 4 million has been invested during the 12…

The New Patrol Boats Project Is Restarted and Is Worth about BGN 1 Billion

SOFIA, Bulgaria (BulgarianMilitary.com), June 28, 2018, Author: BM Team, Photo credit: Pan.bg About BGN 1 billion (BGN 984 million) is ready to be granted by the Bulgarian Government for purchase/building of two new patrol boats, needed for the needs of the Bulgarian Navy, learned BulgarianMilitary.com In this way the three major projects…

The Bulgarian Special Forces Will Participate in a NATO Mission in Afghanistan

SOFIA, Bulgaria (BulgarianMilitary.com), June 25, 2018, Author: Boyko Nikolov, Photo credit: Wikipedia Up to 160 service members from the 68th Special Forces Brigade and Land Forces of the Bulgarian Army will take part in the NATO mission in Afghanistan “Resolute Support”, and their major tasks will be organization of the check regime of the…

Opticoelectron Reported More Than Successful Eurosatory 2018 Exhibition

PARIS (France), June 15 2018, Author: Boyko Nikolov, Photo: Stoyan Hristov On the last day of the exhibition we met the representatives of Opticoelectron, who presented the company at Eurosatory this year. “We may confirm that this year the French exhibition turns out to be the most successful for us. We are present at each Eurosatory and…

Opticoelectron Will Show its Best Products at Eurosatory in Paris

PARIS (France), June 11, 2018, Author: Boyko Nikolov, Photo: dipl. eng. Tsvetana Donova Only weeks after the end of the International Defence Equipment Exhibition “HEMUS 2018” in Bulgaria, Opticoelectron Group JSCo goes to Eurosatory in Paris with its best products, which it has designed and produced in the recent months. These are the…

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

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…

OPTIX And Partners Create New Defence In EU Against Drones

Mr Gagov, during that year you shall implement the perspective European Safeshore Project for defence against drones. How is the work of the Consortium, in which OPTIX has a leading role, going on? The Safeshore Project is financed under an EU 2020 program. The goal is a Consortium of 12 universities, scientific institutions, companies and end

President and Minister Impressed by an Indigenous Product Sold Worldwide (updated)

PLOVDIV (Bulgaria), May 31, 2018, Author: Bm team, Photos: Boyko Nikolov The president of the Republic of Bulgaria, Mr Rumen Radev and the Minister of Defence, Mr Krasimir Karakachanov, opened the 13th International Defence Equipment Exhibition “HEMUS 2018 - Defence, Antiterrorism and Security” in Plovdiv, which started on 30th May. By…

Small Night Vision Goggles, Developed by a Big Production Team

PLOVDIV (Bulgaria), May 31, 2018, Author: Boyko Nikolov, Photo: Hristo Elkin The military business is quite different from the imposed, during the last years, market practices. Here one cannot allow a product of low quality, because on it would probably depend not one, but many lives. And in contrast with the civilian market, on the military…

Multipurpose Armoured Truck Conveyor MT-LB-M1

PLOVDIV (Bulgaria), May 31, 2018, Author: Galina Zdravkova, Photo: Terem The MT-LB М1 is an armoured tracked vehicle. It is mainly used for transportation of soldiers, people, and loads. It can also be used for pulling of a trailer of total weight of 6.5 t, surveillance of the battle-field with making of records and conducting of combat…

A Class of Patrol Vessels Presented for the First Time by a Bulgarian Shipyard

PLOVDIV (Bulgaria), May 30, 2018, Source: MTG Dolphin, Photo: defenceweekly.com (a Border Police ship) For the first time in the history of Bulgaria’s shipbuilding a local company is exhibiting a class of patrol ships of various sizes. Unsurprisingly, MTG Dolphin welcome a significant number of foreign delegations at their booth at HEMUS…

Welcome Address by Mr. Krasimir Karakachanov – MoD of the Republic of Bulgaria

PLOVDIV (Bulgaria), May 30, 2018, Source: Ministry of Defence of the Republic of Bulgaria, Photo: gabrovodaily.info Dear Participants, Dear Ladies and Gentlemen, The International Exhibition Hemus 2018 – Defence, Antiterrorism and Security takes place during the Bulgarian Presidency of the Council of the European Union. In the course of…

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…

The Tradition Opticoelectron to Participate at Optatec Germany is Kept This Year Again

PANAGYURISHTE (Bulgaria), May 14, 2018, Author: Bm team, Photo: Opticoelectron From 15 to 17 May in Frankfurt it will be held the biggest exhibition for optics in the world – Optatec. Opticoelectron Group JSCo will participate this year again, and you can visit the exhibition stand of the company in Hall 3, stand H25. We’d like to remind that…

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…

The Cabinet Wants the Bulgarian Soldiers to Operate Bulgarian Machines

TARGOVISHTE (Bulgaria), April 28, 2018, Source: Mediapool.bg, Picture: MoD The Government is going to vote the granting of BGN 1.22 billion for the modernization of the Bulgarian Army, and its only condition is the military machines to be manufactured in the country. This became clear during the visit of the Prime Minister Boiko Borisov and the…

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…

Modernization of the Bulgarian Air Force – not Related to the Situation in Syria

SOFIA (Bulgaria), April 13, 2018, Author: Galina Zdravkova (Bm), Photo: Bulgarian MiG-29/Krasimir Grozev/wikipedia.org The Bulgarian Deputy Prime Minister and Defence Minister Krasimir Karakachanov stated in a talk show of the Bulgarian national television channel bTV on Thursday (12th April) that the current procurement initiatives for fighter…

Bulgaria Hasn’t Been Requested to Assist a Strike on Syria by Now

SOFIA (Bulgaria), April 13, 2018, Author: Galina Zdravkova (Bm), Photo: bTV Bulgaria hasn’t been requested to assist a strike on Syria by now in any way. This was stated by the Bulgarian Deputy Prime Minister and Defence Minister Krasimir Karakachanov in front of the Bulgarian national television channel bTV on Thursday (12th April). He also…

The Procedures for the Bulgarian Land and Air Force Modernization Projects Start

SOFIA (Bulgaria), April 4, 2018, Author: Galina Zdravkova (Bm), Photo: wikipedia.org The procedures for the implementation of the modernization projects for the Bulgarian Land Forces and Air Force have started, announced the Ministry of Defence of the Republic of Bulgaria on 4th April. The projects “Acquisition and maintenance of major combat…

Turkish Military Vessels Will Visit Varna under the Exercise “Sea Star – 2018”

SOFIA (Bulgaria), March 29, 2018, Author: Galina Zdravkova (Bm), Photo by turkishnavy.net In the period from 30th March to 2nd April 2018 a group of military vessels of the Turkish Navy will be in Varna as part of the annual exercise “Sea star -2018”, announced the Ministry of Defence. The submarine TCG I. Inönü under the command of CDR Ersoy…

No Bulgarian Service Members Injured in the Attack on the Kandahar Base

SOFIA (Bulgaria), March 29, 2018, Author: Galina Zdravkova (Bm), Photo by Cryptome.org The international coalition base at Kandahar Airport, Afghanistan was subjected to rocket fire on 28th March 2018 (Wednesday) at 9:06 pm local time (7:36 pm Bulgarian time), said the Ministry of Defence on their website. No Bulgarian Service Members were…

The Minesweeper BGS Priboy Is Back in Bulgaria after ARIADNE 2018

SOFIA (Bulgaria), March 22, 2018, Source: Ministry of Defence of the Republic of Bulgaria, Editor: Galina Zdravkova (Bm), Photo by Pan.bg On 21st March, the Ministry of Defence announced that the Bulgarian Navy minesweeper BGS “Priboy” (in English: “Breaking wave”) from the composition of the fleet of combat and auxiliary ships of the Bulgarian…

Agreement on Maintenance of the Bulgarian MiG-29s Was Signed

SOFIA (Bulgaria), March 22, 2018, Source: Ministry of Defence of the Republic of Bulgaria, Editor: Galina Zdravkova (Bm), Photo Archive On 21st March 2018, the Ministry of Defence announced on their website that the framework agreement on integrated logistics maintenance of MiG-29 aircrafts was signed with the Russian Aircraft Building Corp RSK…

Opticoelectron Equipped the New Automobiles of the Border Police

PANAGYURISHTE (Bulgaria), March 28, 2018, Author: Boyko Nikolov (Bm), Photo: Hristo Elkin In the end of March, sixteen new automobiles Nissan X-Trail of our Border Police left the territory of the industrial park of Opticoelectron. The reason was the completed execution of a joint contract between the official representative of Nissan for…

Israel Will Enter the Competition for Bulgarian New Fighters

SOFIA (Bulgaria), March 19, 2018, Author: Galina Zdravkova (Bm), Photo by Wikipedia According to the said by the Minister of Defence Krasimir Karakachanov on Monday (March 19, 2018), Israel will be invited to participate in the competition for selection of a supplier of new fighters for the Bulgarian Army, reported mediapool.bg. Karakachanov…

Optix Has Sold Part of Its Assets to American Optics

PANAGYURISHTE (Bulgaria), March 20, 2018, Author: Galina Zdravkova (Bm), Photo by Bm In the end of 2017, the Bulgarian company OPTIX JSC (based in the town of Panagyurishte) sold part of its assets to the Canadian company American Optics Inc. – a manufacturer and distributor of rigid and flexible endoscope optics, reported the Bulgarian weekly…

One Victim and One Seriously Injured After an Explosion in a Bulgarian Military Plant

BULGARIA, March 14, 2018, Author: Galina Zdravkova (Bm), Photo by DarikNews Earlier today, there has been an accident in the Bulgarian Military Plant “Arsenal” in the town of Kazanlak with one victim and one seriously injured employee, reported vesti.bg. An explosion in one of the workshops has led to fire, which is already extinguished. The…

Opticoelectron Group Has Doubled Its Production in Three Years

PANAGYURISHTE (Bulgaria), February 2, 2018, Author: Michail Vanchev (Capital.bg) Photo: PFO Archive Measured investments of approximately EUR 2 million per annum during the last 5-6 years and stepping on new markets in Asia – these are the two factors, which have brought to doubling of the civil and military production of the companies from…

On 5th February OPTIX Opens a New Investment Area

PANAGYURISHTE (Bulgaria), February 01, 2018, Author: Editorial Team (Bm), Photo: Pia-news.com This year the Company puts accent on the restoration of a tradition for the citizens of the town of Panagyurishte The shooting complex “OPTIX” is a long-expected project for the team of the Company that will be able to test, in this new complex,…

The Hemus Defence Exhibition has a good attendance by foreign delegations

SOFIA (Bulgaria), January 17, 2018, Author Boyko Nikolov (Bm), The Former Defense Minister Nicolay Nenchev in the officially opens ceremony of the Hemus Exhibition in 2016/Photo: BNR In the period May 31 - June 2, 2018, Plovdiv will again host the only Bulgarian International Exhibition of Defense, Anti-Terrorism and Security - Hemus.…

The patent Office circulated a special video about Opticoelectron

The Patent Office of Republic of Bulgaria circulated a special video about the located near the town of Panagyurishte optical company Opticoelectron Group JSCo that became “Innovative Company for 2017”. As we have already written in November 2017, Opticoelectron was awarded for two of its patents – night vision aviator glasses and a surveillance…

Minister Karakachanov: There are no results without social dialogue

SOFIA (Bulgaria), 2017 December 22, By News Wire Team (Bm), Photo: Novinite.vom Today the Ministry of Defense, Independent Syndicates of Defense Federation "Bulgarian Army" and National Syndicate "Defense" signed a new collective labor agreement that will enter into force on January 01, 2018. The agreement regulates the labor and social…

The Bulgarian Defence Institute (BDI) investigates the cyber-attack field

SOFIA (Bulgaria), 2017 December 22, Author Boyko Nikolov (Bm), Photo: Arl.Army.mil A virtual laboratory will fight against cyber-attacks globally. It was announced by the U.S. Army Research Laboratory (ARL). It will include experts, research workers and directors of studies from three states – USA, Bulgaria and Ukraine. On Bulgarian side,…

UkrOboronProm appeals against the repair of Bulgarian MiGs

SOFIA (Bulgaria), December 21, By Boyko Nikolov, Photo: Airgroup 2000 On 19th Dec., the Ukrainian state-owned company UkrOboronProm referred to the Commission for Protection of Competition of Bulgaria and with a complaint filed by them ceased the decision of the Government for repair of 15 Russian fighters MiG-29. It shall be reminded that,…

MTG Dolphin withdrew their offer for building of two patrol boats

SOFIA (Bulgaria), December 20, By Boyko Nikolov (Bm), Photo: Pan.bg Today, MTG Dolphin Shipyard, located in the town of Varna, Bulgaria, declined to sign the contract for building of two patrol boats for the needs of the Bulgarian Navy. This was stated by the Defence Minister Krasimir Karakachanov in front of the Prime Minister Boiko Borisov and…

Bulgarian American training was conducted on Novo Selo military field

NOVO SELO (Bulgaria), December 18, By Boyko Nikolov (Bm), Photo: WallDevil.com On December 18 a joint Bulgarian American military training, part of Joint Traning-5, was conducted on Novo Selo field near the city of Sliven. American army used 50 units of military equipment, including Abrams tanks and Bradley land vehicles and other auxiliary…

The Bulgarian society has faith in our army, according to latest survey

(SOFIA) (Photo by Wikipedia) - Gallup International has conducted an independent survey among 800-1000 Bulgarians aged over 18 for confidence in the Bulgarian army as an institution. The results are that Bulgarian society believes more in recent years in our army and its capabilities. One of the reasons is perhaps the election of a former…

Difficult tasks are aways a challenge, not an excuse

PANAGYURISHTE (Bulgaria), December 12, By Boyko Nikolov (Bm), Photo: Bm I speak with dipl.eng. Miroslav Vasev several hours before the magazine goes into the print house. His busy everyday life forced us to cancel the interview every day in last twenty days. I personally knew it would be difficult, and therefore prepared an additional material…

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

(SOFIA) (Photo by Airgroup 2000) - The Public Procurement Agency of the Republic of Bulgaria has published a tender for just over 40 million euros for the repair of the 15 MiG-29, reports the agency's website. The contract must be for 4 years and the repair itself should ensure the airworthiness of the aircraft. We remind you that only two…

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

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…

Extra money for technical support or C-27J Spartan stays on the ground

SOFIA (BM) (Photo: US Army) - Bulgaria bought six C-27J Spartan aircraft six years ago, and only one is secured by the end of 2017 in order to be able to operate flights, said The Minister of The Defence of The Republic of Bulgaria Mr. Krasimir Karakachanov. $ 17 million are needed to sign the four years technical maintenance contract with the…

NATO’s collective defense in the Bulgarian National Security Strategy

NATO's collective defense and new EU`s defense capabilities are just a part of th Bulgarian National Security Strategy, approved by the Bulgarian government. The strategy has not been published yet, and its vote in the Bulgarian Parliament is expected. The document gives a different view of national security. Citizens' security, public and…

A Clear message from NATO: Bulgaria is a Reliable Ally

General Petr Pavel, Chairman of the NATO Military Committee, visited Bulgaria on 30 Nov-2 Dec. During his visit, General Pavel met with HE Mr Rumer Radev, President of Bulgaria, HE Mr Boyko Borisov, Prime Minister of Bulgaria, Lieutenant General (ret) Zapryanov, Deputy Minister of Defence, and Lieutenant General Andrey Botsev, Chief of Defence. The…

A Common Security Platform for Bulgaria, Albania and Macedonia

After the plenary and bilateral meetings which were held in Ohrid and which were initiated by the Adriatic Charter, between the defense ministers of Bulgaria, Albania and the Republic of Macedonia, they started a process for building a common security platform, reported BGNES. The meeting was attended by the Bulgarian and Macedonian Defense…

A Bulgarian team participates in NATO’s largest cyber defense training

The biggest Cyber Defense exercise "Cyber Coalition" is being held from 28 to 30 November 2017. It involves more than 700 representatives from the Alliance member countries, NATO partner countries, as well as European Union departments. The main challenge for the doctrine is to create a real cyber environment in which to test the participants'…

Bulgaria will Cooperate with the UK on Defense Strategy

The government approved the draft Memorandum of Understanding between the Ministries of Defense of Bulgaria and the UK on mutual logistic support, the press service of the Cabinet announced. The document will replace an analogous memorandum from 2007, expanding its application framework. Compared to previous agreements, other logistics areas are…

Bulgarian PM praises move to quit NATO drill, says Turkey’s partnership crucial

Bulgaria's prime minister on Monday praised Turkey's decision to withdraw from a NATO drill following incidents in which Turkey's president and late founder were depicted as "enemies," stressing that Turkey must remain a strategic partner to the bloc and the EU. President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan's message in withdrawing Turkey's 40 soldiers " is…

Bulgaria Considering Boeing Super Hornets to Complement MiG-29s

The Bulgarian Air Force will look into buying Boeing F-18 Super Hornets following a review of competitors Saab, Lockheed Martin, and the consortium of European companies that make the Eurofighter Typhoon, reported Sputniknews.com Bulgarian Defense Minister Krasimir Karakachanov said on Bulgarian radio Monday that the ministry will send requests…

MoD: MTG Dolphin made a strong offer for a new patrol ship

The Bulgarian company MTG "Dolphin" JSC has satisfied the technical and financial requirements of the invitation to tender for the acquisition of a multifunctional modular patrol ship for the Navy. This is the conclusion of the work of the inter-ministerial working group on the project to acquire a multi-functional modular patrol ship for the Navy,…

Patria intends to take part in the modernization of the Bulgarian Army

On November 14th, representatives of the Finnish company Patria, met with the MPs from the parliamentary defense committee at the National Assembly. Patria intends to take part in the modernization of the Bulgarian Army by participating in the procedure for the acquisition of new armored vehicles for the Land Forces. The president of Patria Land…

Bulgaria supports Macedonia’s bid to join NATO and EU

Bulgaria supports Macedonia’s bid to join NATO and EU, Bulgaria’s Deputy Premier and Minister of Defense Krasimir Karakachanov told his Macedonian counterpart Radmila Šekerinska who is paying an official visit to Bulgaria. Ministers Karakachanov and Šekerinska signed a memorandum of cooperation in the field of Air Forces and in connection with…

Italy Ended with the Security of Bulgaria’s Sky

Ceremony at the Graf Ignatievo Base marked the end of the joint mission of the tasks of airspace protection by the Bulgarian and Italian Air Force, reports sega. The commander of Italian forces based in Graf Ignatievo Air Force Colonel Morris Gyadoni stressed the importance of 4 months of joint cooperation between the Bulgarian and Italian Air…

Defence Minister: Our Primary Concern is the Life of the Airmen

The main concern of the leadership of the Ministry of Defence (MoD) and the Bulgarian Army is to ensure a good quality of life for the service members, decent pay and working conditions, and equipment of sufficient quality, so that the Armed Forces are able to fulfil their constitutionally assigned duties. This is what Defence Minister Krasimir…

Bulgarian aviation capacity reduced to critically low level: BAA

The aviation capacity of the country has been reduced to a critically low level, the Bulgarian Aviation Association said in a statement. Aviators oppose all kinds of manipulations of public opinion that have qualified the stance of the aviation staff of Graf Ignatievo air base as a “rebellion”, “protest” or “strike”. On 24 October pilots from…

CMDR COE Holds Fifth Steering Committee Meeting

(Source: CMDR COE | Photo: CMDR COE) The Crisis Management and Disaster Response Centre of Excellence (CMDR COE) conducted its fifth Steering Committee Meeting on October 25-26, 2017. The annual session was held in Sofia, Bulgaria with the participation of the National Representatives from the MOD of Republic of Bulgaria, as a Framework…

Cutting of the first steel plate of BN803

Cutting of the first steel plate for the new project – 2’300 m3 Trailing Suction Hopper Dredger for Baggerbedrijf de Boer – Dutch Dredging took place at MTG Dolphin on 19th of October April 2017. This is the third project, built in cooperation and by order of Royal IHC for Dutch Dredging. The ship will be 80 m of length, 15 m of breadth and…

Bulgarian Air Force Pilots Refuse to Fly Outdated MiG-29 Jets

Bulgaria's deputy defense minister confirmed on Tuesday that some military pilots will not take part in planned training this week. Some of the pilots from Graf Ignatievo air base will not perform training flights because of insecurity said Deputy Defense Minister Atanas Zapryanov. The pilots have blamed safety concerns related to aging…

Bulgaria is Joining the EU’s Single Defense System

The Government adopted a decision on Bulgaria's accession to the joint notification to the Council of the European Union and the High Representative for Foreign Policy and Security Policy of the EU, which will initiate a procedure for the establishment of a Permanent Structured Cooperation (PSC) in the field of defense of the Union, reports…

Bulgaria Plans to Spend 2.25 bln Euro on Defence, Security in 2018

Bulgaria plans to spend 4.4 billion levs ($2.64 billion/2.25 billion euro) on defence and security next year, figures from the 2018 draft budget proposed by the finance ministry showed on Monday. The planned expenditure represents 4.2% of the gross domestic product (GDP) projected for 2018, the ministry said in a statement. Budget draft 2018…

Project Manager and Exercise Director for VIKING 18 visits CMDR COE

Members of the Core Planning Team for the Computer Assisted Exercise (CAX) VIKING 18, led by the Project Manager and Exercise Director MG Anders BRÄNNSTRÖM visited the Crisis Management and Disaster Response Centre of Excellence (CMDR COE) on 19 October 2017. The delegation met with COL Vassil ROUSSINOV, CMDR COE Director, COL Milen MILKOV,…

Bulgaria to Seek Proposals on New F-16s, Eurofighter Typhoons

Bulgaria will ask for proposals from Portugal on providing new U.S. F-16s and from Italy on new Eurofighter Typhoons, to ensure fair competition with Sweden’s Gripen, as the country seeks to buy eight fighter jets. Bulgaria is looking to replace its ageing Soviet-designed MiG-29s, but plans to buy Gripen warplanes were put on hold last month…

Keel laying of Tugboat at MTG-Dolphin

In early October, Varna-based MTG-Dolphin Shipyard laid the keel of a 40 t. bollard-pull Azimuth Stern Drive (ASD) tugboat. This is the second vessel of a series of four multi-purpose tugboats, capable of ship handling and coastal towing, which MTG Dolphin has been building for Navigation Maritime Bulgare (Navibulgar), a Bulgarian shipowner with…

President Radev: Military power should become factor of Europe’s foreign policy

The military power should become a factor of Europe’s foreign policy, Bulgaria’s President Rumen Radev said in a speech during the opening of the public discussion in Sofia named Together in Security-Bulgaria’s Role in the Common European Defense. Years ago the military power was viewed within the perspective of guaranteeing the security of…

Council of Ministers will Discuss the Way of Security of the Airspace of Bulgaria

At the regular meeting of the Council of Ministers will be discussed the way of security of the airspace of Bulgaria, reported BGNES. The strengthening of the security of the airspace of the Republic of Bulgaria will be discussed by jointly accomplishing tasks of the Bulgarian Air Force with the forces of the Italian Republic and determining the…

Opticoelectron is “The Inovative Company of the Year ” for 2017

"Opticoelectron Group" JSCo is awarded for "Innovative Company of the Year" for 2017 and the award will be awarded at the annual ceremony organized by the Bulgarian Patent Office. The ceremony will take place on 6 November at the Central Military Club in Sofia. The event will be attended by representatives of the Council of Ministers,…

NATO has Announced the Creation of Black Sea Forces in Bulgaria and Romania

NATO has announced the creation of new multinational forces in Romania in order to counteract Russia's influence in the Black Sea region after the occupation of the Crimea, bTV quoted Reuters as saying. The Alliance's Black Sea Forces will initially have about 4,000 Romanian soldiers backed by forces from nine other countries, as well as 900 US…

Opticoelectron Group will be present at AUSA 2017, Washington DC [updated]

The Bulgarian optical producer Opticoelectron Group Ltd. will participate in the largest military exhibition for ground equipment AUSA 2017, which will be held a place from 09 to 11 October in Washington DC. You can visit Opticoelectron`s booth at Hall E 8429. The company will be deploying 15 square meters of exhibition area and will present to…

Statement: A Major Risk to Our National Security is the Terrorist Threat

The Parliament approved the annual report on Bulgaria’s national security for 2016, according to bTV. The report concludes that general criminality decreased, while the effectiveness of investigations increased. The registered crimes in 2016 are 103 773, a decrease of about 7.4% compared to 2015. 49 460 crimes have been detected, with the…

Bulgaria Govt, Opposition Clash over Fighter Jets

The majority of Bulgaria’s MPs on Thursday approved a report that recommends the revision of the procurement procedure for new fighter jets, alleging that there have been violations in the past. MPs from the ruling centre-right party GERB of Prime Minister Boyko Borissov also indirectly accused President Rumen Radev of corruption. The report,…

Finland Offers to Include Bulgarian Industry in Potential AMV Supply Deal

Finland's Patria said on Wednesday it is offering to Bulgaria the options of technology transfer and local production in case the Balkan country chooses to acquire armoured modular vehicles (AMVs) from the company. The company offers a scheme for industrial participation and local production that will leave more than 50% of the investment in…

A New Group of US Military Arrives in Bulgaria

The reworking of the map of Europe after the annexation of the Crimea in early 2014 created tensions along the eastern flank of NATO. Poland, the Baltic States, Romania and Bulgaria have been given a commitment to their security from Washington, and the US presence in Europe has been strengthened, informs bTV. The Kremlin responded with a series…

Montenegro Ministry of Defence Delegation Visits CMDR COE

A Montenegro Ministry of Defence Delegation, led by Mrs. Alma Adrovic, Head of the Public Relations Service, visited the Crisis Management and Disaster Response Centre of Excellence (CMDR COE) on September 28, 2017. The delegation attended a meeting with COL Milen Milkov - Education and Training Branch Chief and LTC Anastasios Vasileiou - Doctrine…

Bulgaria 2016 military goods exports at 1.015 billion euro

The Parliament in Sofia passed the 2016 Report of the Interdepartmental Commission for Export Control and Nonproliferation of Weapons for Mass Destruction at the Minister of Economy. Last year the Commission issued 595 permissions/certificates for export and transfer of goods related to defense from the territory of the Republic of…

France’s Nexter bids to supply armoured vehicles to Bulgarian army

SOFIA, Sept 25 (Reuters) - French state-owned group Nexter Systems said on Monday it would bid to supply Bulgaria with armoured modular vehicles (AMVs) for the NATO member's army. Bulgaria plans to buy 198 vehicles as part of a programme to modernise its armed forces, which will include upgrading its naval capability and purchasing eight new or…

Israeli Air Force Holds Large-scale Joint Exercise in Bulgaria

Israeli and Bulgarian air forces are holding a joint exercise over Bulgaria, the Xinhua news agency reported. Bulgaria will commit MiG-29 fighter aircraft and land-based air defense systems – likely the S-300 system that Iran has just received from Russia, and that Russia has deployed in Syria. 42 Israeli aircraft, including F-15 and F-16…

Export of Bulgarian Weapons Increased by Almost 60% After Conflicts in the Middle East

Conflicts in the Middle East have increased the export of Bulgarian weapons by almost 60% in 2016, reaching record levels not seen since the end of Communism. According to official data, our country has exported goods worth more than € 1 billion in 2016, compared with € 642 million in 2015 and € 402 million in 2014. Major buyers of Bulgarian…

Opticoelectron produced the new Muson 17

The first of the new Musson 17 mobile systems for surveillance and observation developed in Opticoelectron's garages was manufactured in mid-August and delivered to the customer. This is a finished product, but we call it a demonstration product, because in the coming months we will have to train large staff abroad to work with it. Thus, when…

Bulgarian Military Doctors are Going to Mali

A team of Bulgarian military doctors went to Mali. For the 15th time since 2013, our specialists have been involved in the Mali Security Training Mission of the European Union. The next team is made up of four people and will take care of the health of the personnel of the operation headquarters based in the capital, Bamako. The duration of the…

Tugboat sea ALCOR by MTG Dolphin

“ALCOR” is 27.6 m in length and is powered by two Caterpillar engines, each with a capacity of 1800 hp. The vessel is furnished with two rotating Azipod Drives enabling to manoeuvre even in tricky conditions, and has a Bollard Pull of 40 tons.“ALCOR” is able to carry both port and sea towage, having unrestricted navigation class notation.

Bulgarian Minister of Defense Requests BGN 90M For the Fleet in the Next Budget

The Ministry of Defense will want in the next budget to allocate BGN 90 million for the modernization of our warships. This was announced by the Minister of Defense in Varna, where the 138th anniversary of our navy was celebrated, reported bTV. This kind of troops have existed in Bulgaria since 12 August 1879, when the Danube fleet was…

Military Equipment from the Bulgarian and US Armed Forces to be Presented in Sofia

If you want to see American combat machines up close, go to the Military Academy “Georgi S. Rakovski” in Sofia, on Thursday July 27th. Between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. you may see an exhibition of military equipment, which is used both in Bulgaria and the U.S, according to the Ministry of Defense. Citizens and guests of the city will have the…

Bulgaria is Sending Military Personnel in Kosovo

The government changed a decision from 14th November 2016 about dispatching servicemen from the armed forces of Bulgaria for a participation in a NATO operation in Kosovo (KFOR) in a composition of the intelligence and surveillance battalion. The increase of participation in the operation will be with two servicemen and will complete the…

U.S. Soldiers team up with Bulgarian Air Force for critical search and rescue training

Aviators from A Company, 2-10 Assault Helicopter Battalion, 10th Combat Aviation Brigade, and the Bulgarian Air Force planned and executed a combat search and rescue (CSAR) training during exercise Saber Guardian 17 in Plovdiv, Bulgaria, on July 11. Since we're from two different countries, getting on the same page and syncing up, so that we know…

Naval training with participation of 8 countries starts in Bulgarian waters

A national naval exercise named "Breeze 2017" with international participation is held in the territorial waters, the adjacent zone and the exclusive economic zone of Bulgaria in the period July 14 to 23. More than 1,700 military from the naval forces of Bulgaria, Britain, Greece, Italy, Poland, Romania, the United States, Turkey, the Standing…

‘Swift Response 17’ multi-national airborne training commences

The USA led 'Swift Response 17' airborne exercise will take place and hosts will be the countries of Bulgaria, Hungary and Romania. It will start today and will end on July 23rd. It involves up to 1,600 soldiers from the United States, Canada, Italy, Portugal and Greece. Training tasks within the framework of the exercise will be carried out on…

‘Saber Guardian 2017’ Multinational Exercise Starts in Bulgaria

The biggest multinational exercise in the Black Sea region called ‘’Saber Guardian 2017’’ starts today at the Novo Selo military camp in Southern Bulgaria, reported BGNES. In the period July 11-20, a total of 18 specialized exercises will take place under the leadership of the US Army Command in Europe on the territory of the three host…

Bulgarian military industry to participate in army’s rearmament as well?

The Bulgarian army is professional and registers say it has staff of some 30,000. Back in the communist era the state was considered a frontline one and so Moscow would send generous portions of military equipment, considered modern for its time. After the fall of the Berlin wall and the collapse of the communist system, Bulgaria became first…

Italian fighters to temporarily guard Bulgarian airspace

The Bulgarian government gave the green light for four Italian Eurofighter Typhoons to temporarily guard the country's airspace in order to strengthen the eastern flank of NATO, officials said Wednesday, cited by Xinhua. The Italian fighter jets are to operate from July 15 to Oct. 15 with the Bulgarian Air Force in the implementation of the…

Extending of army modernization deadline requested by defense minister

Minister of Defense Krasimir Karakachanov has submitted to the council of ministers a proposal for extending the term of the Bulgarian army’s modernization up to 2029. The minister explains his stance with the necessity of purchasing new equipment for the land forces, as some EUR 600 mln. are to be spent over the next 12 years for the buying of…

Saab expects talks to supply jets to Bulgaria to start within months

The previous interim government in Sofia had said talks should start with Sweden for the purchase of eight Gripen aircraft, but current Prime Minister Boyko Borissov has cast doubts on whether Sofia should rush into a deal, estimated at 1.5 billion levs ($860 million). The defense ministry, looking to replace ageing MiG-29 aircraft, had picked…

Bulgarian Teams Take Part in Aerial Medical Evacuation Exercises in Germany

Teams from the Bulgarian Military Medical Academy took part in aerial medical evacuation exercises at the US training area in Hohenfels, Germany, jointly with military formations from USA, Poland, Romania, Lithuania, Great Britain and Albania, reported BNR. The latest rotation training exercise has helped boost the professional training,…

Bulgaria will host the multinational military exercise „Saber Guardian – 2017“

The multinational exercise „Saber Guardian – 2017“ is planned to take place in the period 11 -20 July 2017 in Bulgaria, Hungary and Romania. This is a U.S Army Europe-led exercise and approximately 25 000 service members from 23 allied and partner nations will take part. „Saber Guardian“ is a series of multinational exercises and haя been…

One dead, 2 hurt in Bulgarian naval helicopter crash

A Bulgarian naval helicopter crashed into the Black Sea during an exercise Friday, killing the commander and injuring two crew members, the nation's Defense Ministry said. Capt. Georgi Atanassov died from his injuries after the crash near Bulgaria's coast, and Pavel Simeonov and Anatoli Apostolov, were in a Varna military hospital in stable…

Name giving ceremony of tug “ALCOR” took place at the Port of Varna on 02/06/2017

The official ceremony for the name giving of a new tugboat, built by “MTG Dolphin” Shipyard, took place at the Port of Varna on 2nd of June 2017. The ship is built for Navigation Maritime Bulgare plc. under the supervision of Bureau Veritas and will sail under Bulgarian flag. “ALCOR” is 27.6 m in length and is powered by two Caterpillar…

Disaster Management Course 2017 iteration accomplishes its goals

CMDR COE successfully conducted the 5-day Disaster Management course from 15 to 19 May 2017 providing basic knowledge related to disasters as phenomenon, the disaster management process and its close relation to the risk management process, as well as the main players and mechanisms in disaster response. The attendees were introduced to…

3rd NATO Centres of Excellence Financial Controllers (FINCON) Conference – 2017

Transformation Network Branch, Headquarters, Supreme Allied Commander Transformation (HQ SACT), in co-operation with the Crisis Management and Disaster Response Centre of Excellence (CMDR COE), successfully conducted the 3rd NATO Centres of Excellence Financial Controllers (FINCON) Conference – 2017. The event was held in the City of Varna on 15-18…

Bulgaria Wants More Serious Funding for EU Battlegroups

At a Brussels-held sitting of the Foreign Affairs (Defense) Council of the EU Bulgarian Minister of Defense Krasimir Karakachanov declared that Sofia wanted the expansion of the range of the common funding for the EU battlegroups vie including the expenses for their deployment too with the purpose of a fairer distribution of the burden between all…

Cutting of the first steel plate of BN 1701

Cutting of the first steel plate for the new project – 1’500 DWT Oil Product Tanker for Rubis Eastern Caribbean srl. took place at MTG Dolphin on 20th of April 2017. The ship is diesel electric driven oil product tanker with two azimutha thrusters. The vessel is being built under the class of Registro Italiano Navale (RINA). The Contract…

Bulgaria halts defense industry privatization

Bulgaria has decided to halt the privatization of a number of state-owned companies, including the country’s two leading defense manufacturers, arms maker VMZ Sopot and weapons exporter Kintex. Bulgarian Finance Minister Vladislav Goranov said the cabinet aims to increase the defense industry’s role in supplying modernized gear to the country’s…

Bulgarian Arms Factories Winning From the World Conflicts

The finance results of the arms factories are getting better due to the army conflicts in regions which are main markets for the Bulgarian manufacturs of special production. That show the finance reports for 2016, reported Dnevnik. The biggest state factory in the sector - Sopot "VMZ", which was on the brink of default before a couple of years,…

OPTIX will be present at IDEF, Turkey

In the period 09-12 May 2017 the Bulgarian company OPTIX – leader in manufacturing of Night Vision Devices, Thermal Imaging Equipment and Solutions for Border Control and Integrated Systems, will be present at the international Exhibition IDEF 2017, Turkey. You can visit the company on the booth number 303G. During the show you will have the…

Karakachanov Will Work For Compulsory Military Service

The Prime Minister and Defense Minister of Bulgaria Krasimir Karakachanov remains a supporter of an introduction of the compulsory military service. He said that in an interview on Nova Tv this morning to mark the military parade and the Day of the Bulgarian Army, reported Dnevnik. “I think that the Bulgarian youth needs to be prepared and…

St. George’s Day – Bravery Day and The Day of The Bulgarian Army Marked Today

On May 6, Bulgarians celebrate St. George's Day, also honoured as Bravery Day and the Day of the Bulgarian Army. The Ministry of Defence is warning people not to use drons in the area of the military parade today because of the risk of adverse events, reported BNR. The celebration will start at the Monument of the unknown soldier. The…

Long-Term Policy Needed to Deal with Military Retention Issues – President Radev

President Rumen Radev Friday said a long-term policy was needed to end the poor retention of the military and to tangibly raise its social status and prestige. The Supreme Commander-in-Chief promoted generals ahead of the Day of Valour and the Bulgarian Armed Forces marked on May 6. The Land Forces Deputy Commander, Brigadier General Mihail…

General Dynamics demonstrates Piranha’s live-fire capabilities in Bulgaria

General Dynamics European Land Systems has demonstrated the Piranha 8x8 wheeled armoured vehicle's capabilities to the Bulgarian Army. The three-day-long demonstration was conducted at the Military polygon Tylbeto near the city of Kazanlak in Bulgaria. It involved a live-fire demonstration of the Piranha infantry fighting vehicle, which was…

Optix specializes in the design and manufacturing of optical

Established in 1998 as a 100% private company OPTIX specializes in the design and manufacturing of optical, opto-mechanical and opto-electronic assemblies and devices for military and law enforcement applications. Competently applying the modern technologies, OPTIX executes the entire production cycle – from design and implementation of prototypes…

5th-Generation Fighters Arrive in Bulgaria

Two U.S. F-35 Lightning II aircraft and about 20 supporting airmen arrived in Bulgaria today from Royal Air Force Lakenheath, England, as part of a deployment that enhances the region’s ability to host the aircraft for future deployments and operations. “This deployment clearly demonstrates our nation's contribution to the security and…

Bulgaria opts for Swedish Gripen combat jets

Bulgaria has decided to start talks with Sweden to acquire eight new Gripen combat jets made by Saab, Bulgarian interim Deputy Prime Minister Stefan Yanev said Wednesday, as the Balkan country seeks to replace its aging Soviet-designed MiG-29s. The Balkan country has picked the Swedish offer in preference to an offer from Portugal of secondhand…

Opticoelectron Group JSCo presented an exclusive SWIR lenses

Opticoelectron Group JSCo presented an exclusive series of short wave infrared lenses (SWIR), within the Eighth Conference with international participation “Civil Safety 2017” at the Academy of the Ministry of Interior, on 6 and 7 April in Sofia. SWIR lenses are innovative part of comprehensive system solutions for fire detection in conditions…

Mobile Education and Training Team successfully conducted a Course

From 25 to 27 April 2017 a Disaster Relief Operations Course was held at South-Eastern Europe Brigade (SEEBRIG) HQ, Larissa, Greece. The aim of the event was acquisition of basic knowledge related to disasters as phenomenon, as well as the main players and mechanisms in disaster relief in order to facilitate the use of SEEBRIG ETF tool in such…

Announcement: The 5th CMDR COE Annual Conference

The purpose of every CMDR COE Annual Conference is to promote ideas in a way that will advance the common understanding as well as gain points of view that might not have been otherwise considered. The interagency interaction is a core task that requires common efforts and advanced knowledge to collaborate the skills of many actors – governmental,…

CMDR COE 2nd anniversary

Today, 4 April 2017, the Crisis Management and Disaster Response Centre of Excellence (CMDR COE) celebrated the second anniversary of its formal accreditation as an international military organisation – the first of its kind in the Republic of Bulgaria. The celebration was marked by a reception and an official welcome and awarding ceremony, on…

Bulgaria says ready to protect border with Turkey

The pledge comes as Turkey is in separate rows with Bulgaria and the EU, raising worries Ankara could allow a rush of asylum seekers across the border. "We are ready to protect the country's border in the way provided for in our legislation," Bulgaria's Defence Minister Stefan Yanev said on a visit to the border town of Malko Tarnovo.…

Bulgaria gets three bids to supply eight fighter jets

Bulgaria has received offers from Italy, Sweden and Portugal to supply eight new or secondhand fighter jets as the Balkan country seeks to replace its ageing Soviet-designed MiG-29 fighters, the Defence Ministry said on Monday. Bulgaria plans to spend about 1.5 billion levs ($820 million) to buy new aircraft to improve compliance with NATO…

Sensata Technologies N: Opens New Testing Facility in Bulgaria

Sensata Technologies, (NYSE:ST) one of the world’s leading suppliers of sensing, electrical protection, control and power management solutions, today announced the opening of its largest global testing facility in Sofia, Bulgaria. The Testing Laboratory and Mechanization Office is now operational and employs more than 100 highly-skilled…

Exercise TRIDENT JAGUAR 2017

Headquarters Rapid Reaction Corps –France (HQ RRC-FR) will participate in Exercise TRIDENT JAGUAR 2017 in Bulgaria and Norway from 1 to 17 March 2017. The exercise represents the final stage of a certification process that the multinational headquarters is engaged in and will allow HQ RRC-FR to assume the NATO Force Structure Joint Task Force…

Optical production, Mobile Surveillance, and Thermal Imaging for the Military

Opticoelectron Group is a leading company in optical engineering solutions for military use. The company has been operating in the marketfor more than 40 years, making it one of the most influential optical producers across Bulgaria and Eastern Europe. Optomechanical and optoelectric devices and systems Opticoelectron Group specialises in the…

Bulgaria’s President, Govt Replace Acting Chief of Defense

Bulgarian Army Commander, Maj Gen Andrey Botsev, was formally proposed on Wednesday as the new Chief of Defense of the country's military. Vice Admiral Emil Eftimov, who was appointed ad interim after his predecessor quit, has served for less than two months. Eftimov's term was supposed to continue for a year, after Gen Constantin Popov quit…

3/4 ABCT arrives in Bulgaria for deterrence role

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…

Bulgaria Marks 20th Anniversary of Applying for NATO Membership

The 20th anniversary of the submission of Bulgaria's application for NATO membership was marked by a seminar and a discussion entitled "20 Years of NATO Contribution to the Regional Security of Southeast Europe and the Black Sea Region". The forum was organized by the George C. Marshall - Bulgaria Association together with NATO's Public Diplomacy…

NIRECON – Night Vision Aviator`s Goggles

NIRECON is Night Vision Goggle specially design for night light using. Could be mounted on aviator head helmet or aviator mask. Night Vision Goggle NIRECON is intended for aviator observation and navigation in night surveillance. Housing with batteries placed on the back side of aviator head helmet provides stability and balances of the Device.…

Vice Admiral Eftimov: No Increased NATO Presence in Black Sea Region

There is no increased presence of NATO’s forces in the Black Sea, stated interim head of defence Vice Admiral Emil Eftimov. According to Eftimov, the focus right now is on training and exercises. “We focused on optimising training and exercises conducted in the Black Sea region. We do not perceive an escalation or reinforcement in that…

Bulgaria’s Radev: NATO Exercises in Black Sea No Threat To Tourism

The planned military training exercises of NATO in the Black Sea agreed at the meeting in Warsaw in July 2016 have nothing to do with the idea of the so-called Black Sea fleet. These training exercises do not threaten “boats, yachts and tourism”, wrote on Facebook Bulgaria’s President Rumen Radev. Radev reminded that such exercises take place…

Russian Inspectors to Assess Military Facility in Bulgaria

"Within the framework of Vienna Document 2011 on Confidence- and Security-Building Measures, a Russian group of inspectors plans a visit to assess Bulgaria's armed forces military site. The group will make a one-day visit to the 24th air base, located in Krumovo, on February 21,2017," Ryzhkov said. According to Ryzhkov, the inspection's goal is…

Bulgaria Calls for National Debates on Raising NATO Spending Amid US Pressure

He pointed out that in accordance with the decisions made at the Wales and Warsaw summits Bulgaria was making efforts aimed at increasing its military budget. “I believe that the defense expenditure should be subject to national debates… and this proposal has been voiced during the meeting ,” Yanev said on Thursday, as quoted in the ministry's…

Bulgaria’s Defense Ministry Denies Having Signed MiG-29 Repair Contract

No fighter jet repair contract has been signed between Bulgaria and Russian aircraft company MiG over the past months, the Defense Ministry in Sofia has said. Its remarks follow reports by TASS news agency, which quoted the head of MiG as saying at an international defense expo that such a deal was sealed at the end of 2016 about aircraft in…

Shield Africa 2017, Abidjan, Ivory Coast

Shield Africa 2017 closed doors on January 26th, after a very successful fourth edition, held in Abidjan, Cote d'Ivoire. The top African International Security and Defense exhibition brought together many attendees, most of them from Africa. The number of exhibiting manufacturers has increased from 46 in 2015 to 133 in the 2017 edition, coming from…

MUSON 12 – mobile surveillance & observation system

The mobile surveillance observation system MUSON 12 is designed for day and night 24 hours monitoring. The system disposes of comfort space and climate control. The mobile system MUSON 12 provides high effective border patrol, secure communications and real time video transmission.

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