Ministry of Defence

About 3,500 Decares of Sand Dunes Along the Bulgarian Black Sea Coast are Privately Owned

Of the 4,700 decares of sand dunes along the Bulgarian Black Sea coast, nearly 3,500 decares are privately owned, Ombudsman Maya Manolova said after a meeting with citizens who contacted her over suspected construction works in protected areas in the town of Sozopol, a Focus News Agency correspondent reported.

Special Squad of Land Forces Disarms Corroded Artillery Shell Found near Bus Station in Sofia

A special squad of Military Formation 28 610 - Gorna Banya of the Land Forces was activated at 12:30 noon to dispose of ammunition found in the grassland opposite the South Bus Station in Sofia, said the Ministry of Defence

Bulgaria Transfers Full Amount for Purchase of F-16 Aircraft and Associated Equipment and Weapons

The Bulgarian Department of Defence has transferred the entire amount of USD 1.2 billion under the international government procurement contracts for the purchase of eight F-16 Block 70 aircraft and associated equipment and weapons, the Ministry of Defence said in a press release.

Canadian Paratrooper Dies During Military Exercises in Bulgaria

The accident in which a Canadian paratrooper died happened during a parachute jump on Monday evening near the village of Cheshnigirovo, close to Plovdiv in central Bulgaria, the Ministry of Defence said on Tuesday.

The three survivors have been hospitalised at the Sveti Georgi University Hospital in Plovdiv and have no life-threatening injuries, the ministry added.

Croatia Celebrates Return of Yugoslav Deserter’s Fighter Jet

Prime Minister Andrej Plenkovic told the ceremony at the Ministry of Defence building in Zagreb on Sunday that the MiG-21 fighter plane was one of the main symbols of Croatia's 1991-95 'Homeland War'.

Plenkovic said that its return after 28 years of quiet diplomacy and government efforts was a mark of honour for all Croatian veterans and their families.

The 38th Bulgarian Contingent of the NATO Leaves For the International Resolute Support Mission

Deputy Minister of Defence Atanas Zapryanov and Deputy Chief of Defence Lieutenant General Dimitar Iliev will take part in today's send-off ceremony of the 38th contingent of the Armed Forces that will participate in NATO's Resolute Support Mission in Afghanistan, learned BulgarianMilitary.com.

Romanian-American Joint Committee convenes to discuss schedule of bilateral, multinational exercises

A schedule of bilateral and multinational exercises, including within NATO, planned to take place during the current year and in 2020 on Romania's soil was one of the main topics for discussion at a meeting of the Romanian-American Joint Committee in Bucharest on Wednesday.

Kosovo Hikes Defence Budget to Fund New Army

Kosovo's Defence Ministry will have six million more euros to spend in the 2019 budget than it had last year - after the country's parliament voted to expand the competences of the current lightly armed Kosovo Security Force, KSF, and start its transformation into a regular army.

The budget planned for defence in 2019 is 58.7 million euros; the previous year it was 52.3 million.

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