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    Post  d_taddei2 on Sun Apr 03, 2016 10:20 am

    NationalRus wrote:god damn why is nobody realisitc, sell and scrap that BS, by some L-159B or M-346, CAS, air patrolling + training aircraft in one done!

    why the hell do they need anything more? air superpower bulgaria? ready for war against romania? lmao

    and if they want to play as support in some NATO war both of these aircraft's could do it too, they wont be doing much more then simple reconnaissance or some basic bombing anyway under any circumstances Rolling Eyes


    I of course was only stating if they were wanting such fixed wing then options i mention were in relation to that. However on grounds of "what" is actually needed i quite agree Bulgaria and many other nations don't need such aircraft, hence some south American countries have purchased Embraer EMB 314 Super Tucano and this does the job, i personally think the Super Tucano to be a great aircraft for CAS, but of course if you wanted the next step up then armed version Yak-130 would be perfect. I think Russia is missing out on a market by not pushing the armed version of the Yak-130 to South American countries, Africa, and other nations who either dont have the requirement for more or have the budget for more advanced aircraft. The beauty about the Yak-130 is its cost, maintenance and versatility, the Yak can be used in any role trainer, ground attack, anti-air, anti-surface(naval), recce, etc.

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    Post  George1 on Sun Apr 03, 2016 11:11 am

    Bulgaria is a member of NATO, no way to buy Russian birds i guess..


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    Post  d_taddei2 on Sun Apr 03, 2016 11:38 am

    George1 wrote:Bulgaria is a member of NATO, no way to buy Russian birds i guess..

    unless a BREXIT causes snowball effect and the EU and NATO crumble (wishful thinking lol)

    i suppose they could buy the Italian version M-346 as someone mentioned earlier.

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    Post  NationalRus on Mon Apr 04, 2016 6:28 am

    There will be no "Russian arms" market in NATO I don't know why everybody brings it up as if Bulgaria or Spain or who ever will by heavy Russia equipment that needs service and supply parts from the selling nation and vise versa.
    even if the relations between the NATO country and Russia are even "good" it mostly still at the end only symbolic "good will" deals and some technological cooperation.
    Its sound silly and stupid when people go on that NATO country X should by Russian plane Y and Tank Z for their military.. Well not going to happen. Thats why I carefully said here also M-346 and not Yak-130 (not going to happen)

    and,if I would be the leader of Bulgaria operating under a NATO doctrine I also wouldn't by Russian weaponry, surely nothing that needs Russian services for upkeep and supply, even the bombs would be needed to be importet

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    Post  d_taddei2 on Tue Apr 05, 2016 1:01 am

    NationalRus wrote:There will be no "Russian arms" market in NATO I don't know why everybody brings it up as if Bulgaria or Spain or who ever will by heavy Russia equipment that needs service and supply parts from the selling nation and vise versa.
    even if the relations between the NATO country and Russia are even "good" it mostly still at the end only symbolic "good will" deals and some technological cooperation.
    Its sound silly and stupid when people go on that NATO country X should by Russian plane Y and Tank Z for their military.. Well not going to happen. Thats why I carefully said here also M-346 and not Yak-130 (not going to happen)

    and,if I would be the leader of Bulgaria operating under a NATO doctrine I also wouldn't by Russian weaponry, surely nothing that needs Russian services for upkeep and supply, even the bombs would be needed to be importet


    i think you have already made this point a couple of post ago lol

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    Post  NationalRus on Tue Apr 05, 2016 4:30 am

    Not really

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    Post  max steel on Sun Apr 17, 2016 1:13 am

    Bulgaria: MiG engines wanted, new or used


    Bulgaria’s Defence Ministry has called a tender to acquire 10 engines for the air force’s Soviet-era Mig-29 jet fighters, specifying that the engines can be new or restored.

    The ministry is prepared to spend up to 30 million leva (about 15 million eur) underlining that it will buy only as many engines as the budget allows.

    The most economically advantageous offer will be chosen, according to the ministry.

    Defence Minister Nikolai Nenchev initially said that his ministry planned to buy six new engines for the ageing Russian-made fighters. But with only Russia producing new engines, it appears the Bulgarian Defence Ministry has decided to widen its options by saying that it could also buy used ones.

    The initial acquisition plan had a 50 million leva budget, from which 20 million has now been shaved.

    One of the requirements is that the supplier should be able to deliver the engines within a year and ensure service life of at least six years.

    A Nato member since 2004, Bulgaria has committed itself to acquiring new jet fighters to meet the alliance’s standards. Through a succession of governments since Nato accession, and in spite of various plans and announcements, little or no progress has been made on the issue.

    Recently, however, Bulgaria’s Cabinet approved the presentation of a package to Parliament that would see a request for approval for spending on acquisition of jet fighters, patrol vessels and other military equipment.

    Bulgaria contracted with Poland in 2015 for that country to take over from Russia the repair and maintenance of the Bulgarian Air Force’s MiG-29s, to keep the old aircraft flying to carry out border air policing duty pending the acquisition of modern aircraft.

    The new fighter acquisition is expected to involve either Gripen, which is offering new modern multi-role fighters against a deferred easy payment plan, or Bulgaria getting second-hand US-made F-16s, or Eurofighters.

    Initial plans of the Ministry of Defence were to get 16 jet fighters in two tranches for a total of more than 1.5 billion leva. Ultimately, however, this amount might only cover the acquistion of the first eight fighters, a report by Mediapool noted.

    Nenchev has indicated his belief that a jet fighter acquisition contract could be signed by the end of 2016, but there are doubts about this, considering the financial decisions required, the negotiation process and other issues, notably precisely how Bulgaria would fund the project.

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    Re: Bulgarian Military

    Post  higurashihougi on Fri Jun 17, 2016 4:42 pm

    respekt respekt respekt

    https://www.rt.com/news/347087-bulgaria-nato-black-sea/

    Bulgaria's prime minister ruled out participation in plans to form a united NATO Black Sea naval task force to counter the Russian Navy in the region.

    “I always say that I want the Black Sea to see sailboats, yachts, large boats with tourists and not become an arena of military action ... I do not need a war in the Black Sea,” Reuters cited Bulgaria's Prime Minister Boiko Borisov as saying at a media briefing.

    “To send warships as a fleet against Russian ships exceeds the limit of what I can allow,” Borisov told reporters in Sofia on Thursday, as cited by Bloomberg. “To deploy destroyers, aircraft carriers near [the resort cities of] Bourgas or Varna during the tourist season is unacceptable.

    “If a decision is made to create a permanent force, of course, it would be destabilizing, because this is not a NATO sea," Russian news agencies quoted senior Foreign Ministry official Andrey Kelin as saying.

    “Let's stop with the speculations that fleets will be set up against anyone,” Bulgarian President Rosen Plevneliev stressed, adding that “Bulgaria is a peaceful country and its foreign policy is not aimed at anyone.”

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    Post  KiloGolf on Fri Jun 17, 2016 4:51 pm

    higurashihougi wrote: respekt  respekt  respekt

    https://www.rt.com/news/347087-bulgaria-nato-black-sea/

    Bulgaria's prime minister ruled out participation in plans to form a united NATO Black Sea naval task force to counter the Russian Navy in the region.

    “I always say that I want the Black Sea to see sailboats, yachts, large boats with tourists and not become an arena of military action ... I do not need a war in the Black Sea,” Reuters cited Bulgaria's Prime Minister Boiko Borisov as saying at a media briefing.

    “To send warships as a fleet against Russian ships exceeds the limit of what I can allow,” Borisov told reporters in Sofia on Thursday, as cited by Bloomberg. “To deploy destroyers, aircraft carriers near [the resort cities of] Bourgas or Varna during the tourist season is unacceptable.

    “If a decision is made to create a permanent force, of course, it would be destabilizing, because this is not a NATO sea," Russian news agencies quoted senior Foreign Ministry official Andrey Kelin as saying.

    “Let's stop with the speculations that fleets will be set up against anyone,” Bulgarian President Rosen Plevneliev stressed, adding that “Bulgaria is a peaceful country and its foreign policy is not aimed at anyone.”

    So why did they join NATO?

    We have x10 times more military on and around our islands but nobody cares. Same goes for Cyprus. Bulgarian governments are being typical silly, cancel the all pipeline projects and then hope that with such punch-lines they can appeal to Russia.

    Pathetic.

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    Post  Airman on Mon Nov 14, 2016 8:11 am

    Major General Rumen Radev, who was the Bulgarian Air Force Commander until August 1, 2016, has been elected President of Bulgaria

    On Nov. 13, Rumen Radev, nominated by an initiative committee and supported by the Bulgarian Socialist Party, has been elected president of Bulgaria with little over 58 percent of the votes. His rival – Tsetska Tsacheva, nominated by the ruling GERB party, won a little over 35 percent of the votes according to Radio Bulgaria.

    A fighter pilot in the Bulgarian Air Force, he has served as Air Force Commander until Aug. 1, 2016, when he resigned as a sign of disagreement with the national strategy according to which Bulgaria’s airspace would be policed by air forces of another country.

    Here’s his flight experience:

    1987 – 1988: junior pilot in the 15th Fighter Aviation Regiment – Ravnets
    1989 – 1990: unit deputy commander at the 15th Fighter Aviation Regiment – Ravnets
    1990 – 1994: unit commander at the 15th Fighter Aviation Regiment – Ravnets
    1996 – 1998: MiG-29 squadron commander at the Fifth fighter airbase – Ravnets
    1998 – 1999: deputy commander for flight preparation at the Fifth fighter airbase – Ravnets
    1999 – 2000: deputy commander for flight training at the Third fighter airbase – Graf Ignatievo
    2000 – Study of the Air defence of the Republic of Bulgaria – NATO, Brussels
    2000 – 2002: Chief of Staff of the Third fighter airbase – Graf Ignatievo
    2003 – 2005: Chief of Staff of the Third Fighter Airbase – Graf Ignatievo
    2005 – 2009: commander of the Third Fighter Airbase – Graf Ignatievo
    2009 – 2014: Bulgarian Air Force deputy commander
    2014 – 2016: Bulgarian Air Force commander

    Despite being a high-rank officer Radev was an active MiG-29 pilot who regularly flew the Fulcrum.

    For instance, on Oct. 11, 2014, when the Bulgarian Air Force celebrated its 102nd anniversary (Oct. 16) with an air show at Sofia, Radev, Commander of the BuAF flew a stunning display piloting the Bulgarian Air Force MiG-29 and performing a low altitude “Cobra” followed by two tail slides.

    Here below you can have a look at the whole stunning performance by the then 51 year Maj. General Rumen Radev, the new president-elect of Bulgaria.



    The new President-elect of Bulgaria is a former Mig-29 Fulcrum pilot

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