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Bulgaria to receive the first F-16 fighter jets at the beginning of 2025

The first F-16 fighter jets will arrive at the beginning of 2025, caretaker Minister of Defense Atanas Zapryanov said for BNT.  In the authum of 2024, Bulgarian pilots will be trained in the United States how to fly the aircraft. Next year, Bulgaria..

06.05.24 14:16 |

Bulgaria and USA to assess the readiness of Graf Ignatievo Air Base to receive the new F-16 fighters

The United States is sending an inspection team to certify the 3rd Air Base in Graf Ignatievo for the reception of the new Bulgarian F-16 fighter jets. If the inspection is unsuccessful Bulgaria may temporarily base its aircraft on foreign..

15.04.24 09:39 |

President Rumen Radev meets with representatives of Lockheed Martin

At a meeting in Sofia with representatives of the American corporation Lockheed Martin, President Rumen Radev expressed his expectation that the production and delivery of the F-16 fighter aircraft will be completed on time so that Bulgaria can..

13.12.22 18:39 |

Bulgaria has negotiated compensations for the delay in the delivery of F-16 fighter jets

Bulgaria has negotiated compensations for the delay in the delivery of F-16 fighter jets, outgoing Minister of Defense Dragomir Zakov said during a hearing at the National Assembly Committee on Defense, the BNT reports. In his words, there are two..

26.07.22 19:43 |
Bulgaria's caretaker Minister of Defense Georgi Panayotov

Ministry of Defense needs EUR 2.1 million a month for effective border protection

The Ministry of Defense needs EUR 2.1 million a month to address migration pressure, caretaker Minister of Defense Georgi Panayotov said in the National Assembly . However, the ministry would receive the money, if the National..

20.08.21 13:24 |
Minister Krasimir Karakachanov

Lobbyists are trying to hinder project for construction of new patrol ships: minister

The modernization of 40 T-72 tanks is to begin by the end of 2020, Bulgaria’s Minister of Defense Krasimir Karakachanov said in the coastal city of Varna. The tanks will be modernized in Bulgaria, BTA informs. The first two Su-25 fighter jets..

19.09.20 14:02 |

Bulgaria sends first group of pilots to USA to train how to fly new F-16 fighter aircraft

We are sending well-trained young people to learn how to work with new military equipment which is the future of Bulgaria’s aviation, Bulgaria’s Minister of Defense Krasimir Karakachanov said at a meeting with the four Bulgarian pilots who are..

05.06.20 13:06 |

Bulgaria’s National Assembly approves purchase of F-16 fighter jets

After 5 hours of tense debates the Bulgarian National Assembly approved the contract for the purchase of 8 F-16 fighter jets for USD 1.235 billion. 124 Bulgarian MPs voted in favor, 83 MPs voted against and 3 MPs abstained. The Bulgarian MPs rejected..

19.07.19 13:58 |
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