Bulgaria has authorized funding for added Lockheed Martin F-16 Combating Falcon aircrafts that have been cleared on the market by the US earlier in 2022. The US Protection Division authorized the sale of eight F-16 fight plane to Bulgaria for $1.67 billion, bolstering its air power because the regional menace has risen after Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. The interim Bulgarian Defence Minister Dimitar Stoyanov introduced on 21 September {that a} complete of USD1.3 billion is to be spent on the eight further F-16C/D Block 70 plane to carry the Bulgarian Air Drive’s (BuAF’s) proposed fleet as much as 16. The Bulgarian Air Drive is looking for to exchange its getting old fleet of Soviet Mig-29s. The nation purchased its first batch of eight F-16s in 2019, anticipating the primary supply in 2025.

The proposed sale will contribute to Bulgaria’s functionality to supply for the protection of its airspace, regional safety, and interoperability with the US and NATO. These plane will present Bulgaria with a fleet of modernized multi-role fight plane, making certain that Bulgaria can successfully function in hazardous areas and enhancing the Bulgarian Air Drive’s interoperability with U.S. in addition to NATO forces. Bulgaria at present depends on the US and the UK to take part in joint air policing. By buying these F-16s and the related sustainment and coaching package deal, Bulgaria will be capable to present for the protection of its personal airspace and borders. Buying the F-16 Combating Falcon can even enhance its compliance with NATO requirements.


U.S Air Drive 162nd Wing graduated its first Bulgaria air power F-16 pilot, Capt. Aleksandar Velinov.

The Authorities of Bulgaria has requested to purchase eight (8) F-16 C/D Block 70/72 plane; ten (10) F110 Common Electrical engines (consists of 2 spares); ten (10) Hyperlink-16 Multi-Useful Data Distribution System (MIDS) – JTRS (MIDS-JTRS) (consists of 2 spares); 9 (9) Improved Program Show Turbines (iPDG) (consists of 1 spare); 9 (9) AN/APG-83 Lively Electronically Scanned Array (AESA) Radars (consists of 1 spare); 4 (4) AN/AAQ-33 SNIPER Focusing on Pods; 9 (9) Modular Mission Computer systems (MMC) 7000AH (consists of 1 spare); 9 (9) LN-260 Embedded GPS/INS (EGI); 9 (9) M61 Vulcan 20mm Cannons; sixteen (16) AIM-120C7 Superior Medium Vary Air-to-Air Missiles (AMRAAMs); one AIM-120C7 Spare Steering Part; twenty-four (24) AIM-9X Sidewinder Missiles; eight (8) AIM-9X Captive Air Coaching Missiles (CATM); 4 (4) AIM-9X Spare Tactical Steering Sections; 4 (4) AIM-9X Spare CATM Steering Sections; forty-eight (48) LAU-129 Multi-Function Launchers; fifteen (15) GBU-49 Enhanced Paveway II Kits; fifteen (15) GBU-54 Laser JDAM Kits; twenty-eight (28) GBU-39 Small Diameter Bombs (SDB-1); twenty-four (24) FMU-152 Fuzes; twenty-four (24) MK-82 Bombs (Tritonal); six (6) MK82 Bombs (Inert); and 13 (13) MAU-210 Enhanced Pc Management Group (ECCG).

Lockheed Martin F-16 Block 70/72 fighter
Lockheed Martin F-16 Block 70/72 fighter