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U.S. Air Force F-16s conducted air-to-air training with Bulgarian MiG-29 fighters

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U.S. Air Force Airmen and F-16 Fighting Falcons assigned to the 31st Fighter Wing participated in the bilateral training exercise, Rapid Buzzard, with the Bulgarian Air Force, according to a recent service news release. F-16 Fighting Falcons executed a rapid deployment to Graf Ignatievo Air Base, Bulgaria to conduct “hot pit” refueling and participate in […]

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U.S. Army Soldiers conduct EIB testing in Bulgaria

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U.S. Army Soldiers conducted testing for the Expert Infantryman Badge (EIB) at Novo Selo Training Area, Bulgaria. Soldiers with 1st Armored Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division, conducted testing for the EIB, a coveted award and symbol of tradition for U.S. Soldiers who accept the difficult and sometimes thankless job of infantrymen. Established in 1944, the […]

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U.S. Army Abrams tanks take part in Bulgarian-hosted multinational maritime exercise

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The U.S. Army’s current main battle tank, the Abrams, is taking part in Bulgarian-hosted multinational maritime exercise Platinum Lion 19. Platinum Lion is a Bulgarian-hosted multinational maritime exercise designed to improve the operational and tactical interoperability among participating units. The training exercise allows the participating units to share military knowledge and tactics to increase the […]

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Bulgaria approves purchase of eight F-16s to replace ageing MiG-29s

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Bulgaria’s government approved the purchase of eight F-16V block 70 fighter jets to replace the ageing fleet of Soviet-made MiG-29 aircraft. According to several media reports, the long-awaited Bulgarian Air Force contract worth $1,256 billion for up to six single seat and two double seat aircraft is part of the government’s effort to replace outdated Soviet-era […]

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U.S. Army’s Avengers took part in joint exercise with Osa and Kub air defense systems

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American self-propelled surface-to-air missile systems, called the  Avenger, took part in a joint live-fire exercise in Bulgaria with Soviet-made Osa and Kub mobile surface-to-air missile systems. The Avenger air defense system assigned to the 4th Air Defense Artillery Regiment participated at a live-fire missile training near Shabla, Jun. 19, 2019 during exercise Shabla 19.  SHABLA 19 […]

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Bulgaria announces F-16V Block 70 procurement to replace ageing MiG-29s

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The Bulgarian Ministry of Defence (MoD) has announced a plan to procure eight F-16V Block 70 fighter jets aimed at replacing its ageing Soviet-designed MiG-29s. On Friday, Bulgaria’s defense ministry commission recommended that the government starts talks with the United States to buy new F-16V Block 70 fighter aircraft to improve its compliance with NATO standards. […]

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IAG, Samel-90 opened new armoured vehicle manufacturing facility in Bulgaria

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Bulgarian company Samel-90 and UAE-based International Armored Group (IAG) have opened a manufacturing facility to produce various types of armored vehicles in the town of Samokov, Bulgaria. According to a statement of the Samel-90 company, The new production was officially opened on May 22 in the territory of Samel-90 in the presence of  high ranking government officials, military […]

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Patria demonstrates AMV’s live-fire capabilities in Bulgaria

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Finland’s Patria has demonstrated the AMV modern armoured wheeled vehicle’s capabilities to the Bulgarian Army at the military polygon “Zmeevo”. It involved a live-fire demonstration of the Patria AMV armoured wheeled vehicle, which was outfitted with a Samson Mk II 30mm remote weapon stations (RWS) equipped with a Spike LR precision missile system. Finnish company Patria […]

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Bulgaria, Ukraine unveils upgraded version of Soviet Infantry Fighting Vehicle

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Bulgarian company Metalika Ab Ltd has revealed a prototype of upgraded Soviet design BMP-1 Infantry Fighting Vehicle (IFV) during the HEMUS 2018 international defence exhibition held in Plovdiv, Bulgaria, on 30 May-2 June. Works on improvement of firepower, fire control, ergonomic and functional characteristics of the ageing Infantry Fighting Vehicle were carried jointly Ukrainian and Bulgarian specialists The upgraded version of BMP-1 […]

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Four United States F-15 tactical fighter aircraft arrived at Bulgaria’s Graf Ignatievo air base

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Four United States F-15 tactical fighter aircraft arrived on September 1 at Bulgaria’s Graf Ignatievo air base, about 10km from Plovdiv, to join Bulgarian Air Force MiG-29s in guarding the country’s air space, the Defence Ministry said. That was reported by www.bta.bg. The joint air policing by the US aircraft, from the 194th Fighter Squadron […]

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