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    Re: Bulgaria Military

    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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    Re: Bulgaria Military

    Post  George1 on Sun Dec 11, 2016 4:49 pm

    Bulgaria has announced a tender for the purchase of fighter jets

    According to the Bulgarian Aviation "AERO" magazine, Bulgarian Ministry of Defence has sent on 9 December 2016 request for proposals (RfP - Request for Proposals) to potential suppliers of new fighter jets for the Bulgarian Air Force, which were included in the so-called "short list" (shortlist). This is actually the beginning of a real stage of the new fighter procurement process. This information was confirmed by the Bulgarian Ministry of Defence AERO press service.

    RfP document was signed by the two ministers of the Bulgarian government to resign - Defence Minister Nikolay Nenchevym and Economy and Energy Bozidar Lukarski. After the document was sent to the Embassy of Italy, Portugal, USA and Sweden in Sofia. A source from the Bulgarian Ministry of Defense explained that the document contains confidential information and will not be published to the general public.

    Portugal and the United States, is expected to offer to supply multi-purpose F-16 fighters, upgraded standard MLU Block 15. Fighters F-16A/B will be delivered from the United States, where they are now in the long-term storage, and then they will be renovated and modernized in Portuguese repair plant OGMA. Package logistics services will be provided to the United States in the same way as was done in Romania to supply the former Portuguese F-16.

    Italy will provide a quotation for a fighter Eurofighter Typhoon Tranche 1, present in the country's air force. The machines have an age of about eight to ten years.

    The only option for the delivery of new aircraft - a Swedish fighter Saab JAS-39C/D Gripen.

    Bulgaria budget allocated 1.5 billion leva (767 million euros) to buy a minimum of eight multi-role fighters. In principle, the Bulgarian Defense Ministry wants to buy a total of 16 fighters, so this program will be divided into two stages. The first phase will be implemented in the years 2018-2021, and that it referred to were allocated 1.5 billion leva. The second stage will take place in 2022 - 2023 years, for the purchase of eight aircraft.

    http://bmpd.livejournal.com/2315808.html


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    Re: Bulgaria Military

    Post  George1 on Thu Jan 26, 2017 11:09 pm

    The Bulgarian Government has allocated funds for life extension of 10 MiG-29

    http://bmpd.livejournal.com/2398288.html


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    Re: Bulgaria Military

    Post  George1 on Tue Apr 25, 2017 4:36 pm

    Offers for the Bulgarian tender for the purchase of fighters

    As reported by Bulgarian media, the Ministry of Defense of Bulgaria on April 24, 2017 reported that it had completed the process of receiving proposals for the supply of the Bulgarian Air Force fighter aircraft, although it is not yet clear when the tender itself takes place.

    Recall that the request for proposals (RfP - Request for Proposals) to a potential supplier was sent out by the Bulgarian Ministry of Defense on December 9, 2016.

    The media reported that four proposals were received - from Sweden, the United States, Portugal and Italy. And only Sweden offers delivery of fighters Saab JAS-39C/D Gripen of new production. Three other proposals concern the supply of used fighters from the availability, with repair and modernization - the USA and Portugal offer Lockheed Martin F-16A/B aircraft with modernization by MLU (according to the "Romanian" scheme), and Italian Eurofighter Tranche 1 series with modifications.

    http://bmpd.livejournal.com/2569348.html


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    Re: Bulgaria Military

    Post  George1 on Thu Apr 27, 2017 9:12 am

    Bulgaria has chosen JAS-39 Gripen

    http://bmpd.livejournal.com/2573110.html


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