AFP
  • Bulgaria wants F-35
    Bulgaria wants F-35 November 27 2019
    US President Donald Trump met with Bulgarian Prime Minister Boyko Borisov at the White House. Trump said Bulgaria intends to supply the F-35. " They’ve ordered some F-35s and some other things.  They buy a lot of military equipment from the United States — the best equipment in the world.  And I look forward to our meeting," Trump said before the bilateral meeting at the Oval Office. A joint press release after the Trump-Borisov meeting stre...
  • NATO Approaches Surveillance Capability
    NATO Approaches Surveillance Capability November 25 2019
      The first of five NATO RQ-4D Alliance Ground Surveillance (AGS) unmanned aircraft lands in Italy. The first of five NATO Alliance Ground Surveillance (AGS) aircraft landed in Sigonella. AGS is being developed with significant contributions from 15 Allies - Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Germany, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Norway, Poland, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia and the United States. All Allies will have access to the data obtained by the AGS; The ...
  • EU Force Generating
    EU Force Generating November 14 2019
    Europe is taking important steps to unite its strength in the defence industry. Collaboration on Permanent Structured Cooperation and defence is seen as the new step of the European Union (EU). ‘’When Europeans join forces, our impact is higher than we imagine’’ EU High Representative Federica Mogherini said PESCO helps EU Member States work closely in the field of security and defence. PESCO was established in December 2017 and aims to improve the defence capabilities...
  • Veto by-passed
    Veto by-passed August 1 2019
    There has been a significant development in the Air Force’s long-standing aircraft debate. Answering the request of the Air Force, Bulgaria signed an agreement with the US to supply eight F-16s. Under the 1.2 billion $ deal, the US will supply ammunition, logistical support and maintenance equipment as well as aircraft. The agreement was previously vetoed by Bulgarian President Rumen Radev for financial reasons. According to the obtained information, four of aircraft will be delivered i...
  • Bulgaria’s President Vetoes $1.26 Billion Deal for F-16 Jets
    Bulgaria’s President Vetoes $1.26 Billion Deal for F-16 Jets July 24 2019
    Bulgaria's president has vetoed the country's planned $1.26 billion acquisition of eight Lockheed Martin F-16V fighters, citing a lack of agreement and clarity over the deal. Issuing the veto on 23 July, “The commitment of Republic of Bulgaria to obligations, for years to come, without a national consensus and conviction in the mutually acceptable conditions of the treaty, is extremely worrying,” Radev said in a statement. He says the "sharp contro...
  • Additional F-16 to be Procured July 12 2019
      A day after Bulgaria’s Cabinet approved a deal with the US to buy eight F-16 fighter jets, the Bulgaria’s Ministry of Defence said that Bulgaria intended buying a further eight, paying in instalments. The deal approved by Bulgaria’s Cabinet on July 10 requires the approval of the National Assembly. If parliament's approval is received, four contracts covering the delivery of eight new aircraft and the training of pilots and ground staff will be signed. T...
  • Bulgaria Buys Eight F-16V Fighters from US
    Bulgaria Buys Eight F-16V Fighters from US July 10 2019
      Bulgaria announced today that it has reached an agreement to buy eight new-build Lockheed Martin F-16 fighter jets for its air force, Reuters reported from Sofia. The aircraft will cost $1.256 billion, and constitute Bulgaria’s biggest military acquisition since the collapse of the Soviet Union and the end of the Cold War. The new F-16s will replace the obsolete MiG-29 fighters currently operated by the Bulgarian air force. The Defence Secu...
  • US to Sell F-16 to Bulgaria
    US to Sell F-16 to Bulgaria June 4 2019
    The State Department approved a possible Foreign Military Sale to the Government of Bulgaria of F-16C/D Block 70/72 aircraft with support for an estimated cost of $1.673 billion.  The Defence Security Cooperation Agency delivered the required certification notifying Congress of this possible sale on May 30, 2019. The Government of Bulgaria has requested to buy eight F-16 C/D Block 70/72 aircraft; ten F110 General Electric engines; ten Link-16 Multi-Functional Information Distri...
  • Bulgaria Desperate
    Bulgaria Desperate May 16 2019
    Bulgaria, which is in the process of choosing the new combat jet platform, could not agree with the US for the supply of the F-16 Fighting Falcon, which the country's top management units have shown as a favorite.   The parties could not agree on price and budgeting. At this point, Bulgaria holds the new MiG-29 or the JAS-39 Gripen procurement card. The prices suggested by the US for the F-16 Fighting Falcons are not satisfactory for the Bulgarian side, but negoti...
  • Bulgarian Parliament Approved Purchase of Fighter F-16V Block 70
    Bulgarian Parliament Approved Purchase of Fighter F-16V Block 70 January 16 2019
    Bulgaria's parliament approved the government's plan to start talks with the United States on the purchase of eight new F-16 fighter jets in order to replace the country's aging, Soviet-made MiG-29 and to move closer to the standards set by the NATO. Some 130 lawmakers voted in favour of the plan of the centre-right government, led by Prime Minister Boyko Borissov while 84 deputies were against it, accusing the cabinet of breaching the tender rules. The deal fo...
  • Bulgaria’s PM Favours Buying the F-16
    Bulgaria’s PM Favours Buying the F-16 December 16 2018
    Bulgarian premier Boyko Borisov disclosed on Dec. 14 that he favours buying the F-16 to replace the country’s MiG-29s. Borisov was quoted as saying that he “heard from the pilots, a new F-16 is a significantly better aircraft than all the rest that are on offer.” Borisov spoke on December 14 before the second day of an EU summit in Sofia. Bulgaria has budgeted 900 million euros ($1 billion) for the purchase of at least eight fighter jets. ...
  • Bulgarian Arms Export Grows
    Bulgarian Arms Export Grows November 2 2018
    Bulgaria has released its export reports for 2017. According to the report, Sofia’s arms exports continued to grow in 2017 as well. According to the official report issued by Bulgaria, exported arms amount 1,219 billion Euros in 2017. This amount was 1 billion Euro in 2016. One of the reasons for the 20% increase in exports is the conflicts in the Middle East. The main customers of Bulgaria were the United States, India, Iraq and Saudi Arabia. Western Experts say that the weap...
  • Italy Proposed Typhoon to Bulgaria
    Italy Proposed Typhoon to Bulgaria October 12 2018
    Italy and its defence company Leonardo have submitted their offer to the Bulgarian Ministry of Defence in response to the recent Request for Proposal for the acquisition of eight fighter aircraft to replace their ageing Mig-29 fleet. The offer is based on the supply to the Bulgarian Air Force of Tranche 1 Typhoons from the Italian Air Force and includes also the option for the delivery of newly built aircraft as requested by Bulgaria. Lucio Valerio Cioffi, Leonardo’s...
  • Bulgaria Didn't Invite Greece to Tender
    Bulgaria Didn't Invite Greece to Tender July 27 2018
    Bulgarian Ministry of Defence issued a draft of the Request for Proposal (RfP). According to the draft, Bulgaria will supply 16 fighter aircraft. Greece was one of the strongest candidates but didn't take place in seven country list. In June this year, Bulgaria approved a military modernization program worth 3.5 billion Levas. The portion of this budget of 1.8 billion Leva is divided for 16 fighter aircraft procurement. Aircrafts will be supplied in two ...
  • Bulgaria Seeks for New Jet Fighter Again
    Bulgaria Seeks for New Jet Fighter Again July 20 2018
    Bulgaria has released the Request for Proposal (RfP) for its new jet fighter again. Bulgaria's Deputy Defence Minister Anatoliy Metodiev Velichkov announced that proposals from potential suppliers will coma on 1 October. Bulgaria plans to replace the its aging MiG-29s in its inventory with aircraft to be procured as a result of this tender. The MiG-29 aircraft, which made its first flight in 1977, serves on the inventories of many countries. MiG-29s, which have considerably...
  • 'Sea Shield 18' Began in Black Sea
    'Sea Shield 18' Began in Black Sea May 4 2018
    The Sea Shield 18, an annual Romania-led multinational exercise in the Black Sea, started today with participation of 21 military ships, 10 combat aircraft and a submarine. more than 2,300 troops from Bulgaria, Greece, the United Kingdom, Romania, Spain, the United States, Turkey and Ukraine will implement NATO standard procedures to combat asymmetric, aerial, submarine and maritime threats, the Romanian Navy announced. The exercise will take place until 11 May.  
  • China’s Europe Policy: “Divide and Rule”
    China’s Europe Policy: “Divide and Rule” March 18 2018
    The time-honoured “divide and rule” policy of the West is reshaped today at the hands of the East to work against the West. China, which further deepens the pre-existing cracks in the European Union with its economic openings, moves slowly yet adeptly while expanding its geographical and diplomatic room for manoeuvre.  The Chinese Communist Party, which restricted presidents to two five-year terms, has just lifted this ban. Thus, the door for Xi Jinping to serve for...
  • Mig to overhaul Bulgarian Mig-29s
    Mig to overhaul Bulgarian Mig-29s March 16 2018
    NATO member Bulgaria is now able to work with Russian Aircraft Corporation MiG to overhaul and maintain its fleet of ageing MiG-29 fighter jets. Sofia had initially hoped to sign a four-year deal worth $51.45 million with Russian firm but had to delay it following an appeal by Ukrainian arms exporter Ukrinmash. Ukrainian company Ukrinmash eventually lost the case. Bulgaria continues its search for new fighters from a Western manufacturer.
  • Bulgaria's Su-25 Fleet Grounded
    Bulgaria's Su-25 Fleet Grounded January 19 2018
    The Bulgarian Air Force’s fleet of Sukhoi Su-25 twin-engine ground attack aircraft ceased operations from Bezmer because of a lack of resources to overhaul them, the aeropress-bg web portal of the Bulgarian aviation magazine AERO reported on 15 January. The last Su-25 flight was conducted on 14 December 2017, and the Bulgarian Ministry of Defence is looking for solutions for ending the grounding, according to aeropress-bg.
  • Bulgaria Overhauls Attack Helicopters
    Bulgaria Overhauls Attack Helicopters January 3 2018
    Bulgaria's second overhauled Mi-24V ‘Hind’ attack helicopter has returned to service on 21 December. The 1986-produced helicopter's service life had extended until January 2021 when it will be grounded for inspection required to determine whether it is fit for another life-cycle extension which will allow operations until December 2024. The first overhauled Mi-24 has re-entered service on 30 November 2015 and is scheduled to be grounded in Feb...
  • Bulgarian Boats Cancelled
    Bulgarian Boats Cancelled December 27 2017
    Bulgaria has taken action in recent days to add a new multifunction modular patrol boat to its fleet. MTG Dolphin, the only company to offer the bid, won the tender with 485 million USD. The tender was canceled because the winner is canceled their offer. Bulgaria's new procurement project, however, remained uncertain.
  • Bulgaria: Ukrainian firm trying to sabotage MiG-29 repair
    Bulgaria: Ukrainian firm trying to sabotage MiG-29 repair December 21 2017
    Bulgarian Defence Minister Krasimir Karakachanov said that Ukrainian UkroBoronProm's arms company Ukrinmash filed complaint about MiG-29 repairing. What Ukroboronprom is doing is trying to sabotage the Defence Ministry’s decision to repair its planes through direct negotiation with RAC "MiG”. The complaint disputes the ministry’s decision for 4-year maintenance of the 15 MiG-29 planes for BGN 82 million, the minister said. "We wanted to sign a contract wit...
  • Bulgaria Plans To Spend $2,64 Billion on Defence
    Bulgaria Plans To Spend $2,64 Billion on Defence October 26 2017
    According to the 2018 draft budget proposed by the Bulgarian Finance Ministry, the country plans to spend about $2,64 billion on defence and security. The planned expenditure represents 4.2% of the gross domestic product (GDP) projected for 2018, the ministry said in a statement.   
  • Bulgaria Backed Down From Gripen
    Bulgaria Backed Down From Gripen October 25 2017
    Bulgaria has decided not to proceed with the acquisition of eight JAS-39 Gripen fighter aircraft. The country will instead launch a new tender and request new offers from Portugal and Italy after the tender is officially issued in November, according to the Ministry of Defence.   Bulgarian government decided to pull away from the purchase of Gripen in early October which would replace its MiG-29 fighter. Approximately $899.8 million has been earmarked for the pro...
  • USAF F-35As Deployed in Bulgaria
    USAF F-35As Deployed in Bulgaria May 2 2017
    Two US F-35 Lightning II aircraft and about 20 supporting airmen arrived in Bulgaria this week from Royal Air Force Lakenheath, England, as part of a deployment that will provide pilots the opportunity to engage in familiarization training within Europe. The F-35As are participating in the first training deployment to Europe. This long-planned deployment will bolster the US commitment to security and stability throughout Europe, the United States European Command...
  • Italy press for second-hand Eurofighters
    Italy press for second-hand Eurofighters December 11 2016
    Bulgaria’s tender to replace its ageing MiG-29 now include second-hand Eurofighters from Italy. Besides, Portugal, Sweden and United States were also approached by Bulgaria for proposals to sell fighter aircraft to the Eastern European nation. F -16s were the favourite of tender while Italian Eurofighters have only accepted to inventory in 2004.  
  • A First by Georgia
    A First by Georgia November 10 2016
    The first joint military drill of Georgia and NATO began today at the Joint Training and Evaluation Center, Georgia. The participant countries include Turkey, Latvia, Lithuania, Netherlands, Romania, Hungary, Bulgaria, Belgium, Slovenia, UK, US, Ukraine and Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia. The main goal of this exercise is to train troops to plan NATO operations and improve interoperability between participant countries. The multinational drill will end on 20 November.
  • Turkish Frigate Gemlik in NATO Operation
    Turkish Frigate Gemlik in NATO Operation November 10 2016
    NATO commenced a maritime security operation dubbed ‘Sea Guardian’ in the Mediterranean Sea today. Italian frigate ITS Aviere, Bulgarian frigate BGS Verni, Turkish frigate TCG Gemlik, Greek submarine HS Papanikolis and the Spanish submarine ESPS Mistral undertook the first patrol mission. Portugal, Spain, Italy, Greece and Turkey will also be supporting Sea Guardian with rotational maritime patrol flights. Informinf the first patrol is to continue until 17 November, the officials ...
  • Newest Member of HELBROC
    Newest Member of HELBROC November 9 2016
    Serbia has signed an agreement to join the the Balkan Battlegroup (HELBROC) which was established in 2007 and currently consists of five countries, including Greece, Bulgaria, Greek Cyprus and Romania and Ukraine. The agreement signed in Brussels on Tuesday and will come into effect following all signatories’ approval.
  • Specification Change in Bulgarian Tender
    Specification Change in Bulgarian Tender October 18 2016
    Bulgaria made amendments on its replacement tender for MiG-29 'Fulcrum' fighter aircraft, reducing the shelf life requirement from 25 percent of the weighing to five percent. According to the new evaluation criteria declared on 14 October by Ministry of Defence officials, the new platform can be second-hand. While Israel, Portugal and the US offer used Lockheed Martin F-16s, Italy offers second hand Typhoons and Sweden, new Gripens. 
  • NATO to control Bulgarian air space
    NATO to control Bulgarian air space August 26 2016
    For the first time, NATO initiated a mission for Bulgaria in regards to taking enhanced air policing measures. The mission will include proper identification of the military or civillian aircrafts which enter NATO airspace, communication with air traffic control and flight planning. Within this context, two F15s will join Bulgarian MIGs for a drill in the second week of September. 
  • The Montreux Convention Regarding the Regime of the Straits and Kanal İstanbul July 24 2016
    While the world is focused on the Middle East and the Sykes-Picot Treaty, the Kanal İstanbul Project, which entered into force in previous months, is prepared to bring forward a convention signed 80 years ago: Montreux. Composed of 29 articles, 4 annexes and one protocol and signed on July 20, 1936 by Turkey, Bulgaria, France, Greece, Japan, the USSR and Yugoslavia, the Montreux Convention entered force on November 9, 1936. Italy joined in 1938 while Japan withdrew from the rights c...
  • Ukraine launches joint military drills with NATO June 28 2016
    The large-scale Ukrainian-NATO military exercises codenamed “Rapid Trident 2016” have begun at the Yavoriv range in Ukraine’s Lvov region on Monday, the press service of the Ukrainian Defence Ministry reported, adding that the manoeuvers, which will last until July 8, involve more than 1 thousand 800 troops from 14 countries: Ukraine, the United States, Belgium, Bulgaria, Canada, Georgia, the UK, Moldova, Lithuania, Norway, Poland, Romania, Sweden and Turkey. A spo...
  • UAE, Vietnam, South Africa and Chile are customers for the BrahMos May 27 2016
    India and Russia have agreed in principle to export the world’s fastest anti-ship cruise missile, Brahmos, making UAE, Vietnam, South Africa and Chile the first export customers.  Since Russia is the partner country in the BrahMos joint venture with its constant discussions with several other countries  including Algeria, Bulgaria, Egypt, Greece, Malaysia, Philippines, Republic of Korea, Singapore, Thailand Venezuela.
  • Bulgaria modernizes armed forrces by Overhauling April 1 2016
    Bulgaria's government approved three investment projects to modernizing the country’s navy and air force worth around 1.3 billion USD according to Balkan InsightThe projects concern buying new fighter jets and multi-functional patrol ships, as well extending the lifespan of a minimum of ten MiG-29 fighter jets. The government’s decision still needs to be approved by parliament in accordance with the Defence and Armed Forces Act. 
  • NATO’s Ground Surveillance Aircraft gets ready for operations December 30 2015
    NATO’s Alliance Ground Surveillance Management Agency (NAGSMA) members and Northrop Grumman Corporation witnessed NATO’s first Alliance Ground Surveillance (AGS) aircraft executing range of test points before landing at Edwards Air Force Base.  The test flight marks the start of six months of ground and airborne testing at Edwards before the aircraft is sent to its new home in Sigonella, Italy. NATO AGS is a derivative of the wide-area surveillance Global Hawk, with...