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  • 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...
  • 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 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...
  • 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 ...
  • 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.
  • 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...
  • 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 ...
  • 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.