Bulgarian Air Force
Eight F-15 C/D fighter jets from the 104th Fighter Wing of the Massachusetts Air National Guard were relocated on Thursday to Bulgaria's Graf Ignatievo Air Base.
The jets were relocated for their participation in the joint Bulgarian-US air training "Thracian Eagle - 2016", the press service of the Bulgarian defence ministry informs.
An US company will invest more than BGN 9 M in the construction of a plant for the production of airplane components for the leading aircraft manufacturers.
The plant of 2000 square metres will be located near Sofia airport and will produce parts for the control of the fuel system, as well as components for the wings and tail.
Bulgaria's government approved three investment projects to modernizing the country's navy and air force worth over 2.4 billion leva [around 1.2 billion euro] on Wednesday.
The projects concern buying new fighter jets and multi-functional patrol ships, as well extending the lifespan of a minimum of ten MiG-29 fighter jets.
The Bulgarian Air Force could have its ageing Soviet-made combat aircraft replaced by new multi-role warplanes in the next three to three-and-a half years, Defence Minister Nikolay Nenchev said on Wednesday.
The government commission tasked with studying the available options is expected to submit a report by the end of March, Nenchev told bTV broadcaster.