Modernization projects of the Bulgarian Air Force 02 юни 2020 | 15:27 views (1559) commentaries(0)
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The Investment Project " New type of combat aircraft acquisition " is in the process of implementation without delay. The winning company Lockheed Martin stated that there is no suspension or delay in the production process of the F-16 Block 70 due to the proliferation of COVID-19 and that the production lines are working according to the schedule. The Bulgarian Ministry of Defense has been officially informed that no change is expected in the agreed terms for the delivery of the eight fighters. In order to ensure the replacement of the MiG-29, which service life expires in 2028-2029, it is necessary in the period 2023-2025 to sign a contract for the supply of the second batch of eight F-16 Block 70 fighters.

Work is also underway on a project for the acquisition of new medium-range and short-range SAMs in the period 2025-2032. The modernization of the currently in-service S-300 SAMs is forthcoming, which is related to the acquisition of the "IFF” system and tactical data link system.

The preparation of the Investment Project "Acquisition of new three-coordinate radars" is forthcoming, and includes initial integrated logistical support for them. It is planned to purchase 7 three-coordinate radars, 5 of which for long-range detection and 2 for - close detection.

The Air Force is also included in the large-scale project "Implementation of technical identification
"IFF " in Mode 5 of military platforms in the Armed Forces of the Republic of Bulgaria.

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