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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

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