Bulgarian Defense Minister: No Political Decision Yet on Conscription Return – Novinite.com – Sofia News Agency

Amid growing concerns over security in the wake of the conflict in Ukraine, Bulgaria‘s Acting Minister of Defense, Atanas Zapryanov, has addressed the issue of conscription, stating that while it is being discussed, no political decision has been reached as of yet. Zapryanov’s remarks came during discussions in Parliament regarding military formations and structures to Read more…

Not If, but When: US Expects Iran to Attack Israel Soon – Novinite.com – Sofia News Agency

The United States and its allies are concerned about a potential attack by Iran or its proxies on military and government targets in Israel. The attack, believed to be imminent, would be in response to the killing of Iranian generals in Damascus, escalating the ongoing conflict between Israel and Hamas. There is uncertainty regarding the origin of Read more…

Bulgarian Armed Forces Set for Thorough Modernization, Says Deputy Defence Minister – Novinite.com – Sofia News Agency

Deputy Defence Minister Atanas Zapryanov revealed the plans for the thorough modernisation of the Bulgarian Armed Forces, estimating a budget exceeding BGN 37 billion. Speaking at a conference commemorating the 20th anniversary of Bulgaria‘s NATO membership, held at Sofia’s Central Military Club, Zapryanov emphasized the critical need for investment in defence capabilities. The three-day forum, commencing Read more…

Bulgaria’s Arms Imports Skyrocket – Novinite.com – Sofia News Agency

Bulgaria has experienced a staggering increase in arms imports, rising by 920% between 2019 and 2023 compared to the period of 2014 to 2018. This significant surge in arms procurement was revealed in a report by the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI), highlighting a notable shift in Bulgaria‘s defense strategy. The SIPRI report also shed light on Read more…

Russia Hunts Bulgarians Allegedly Linked to Ukrainian Conflict – Novinite.com – Sofia News Agency

Three Bulgarians are now sought by Russian authorities for their alleged involvement in the conflict in Ukraine, as revealed by the database of wanted persons accessed by Mediazona, a Russian news website. Among the individuals sought are Ivan Kalchev-Gligi, known for his participation in the International Legion for the Protection of Ukraine, along with Read more…

Bulgaria Faces Urgent Need for Modern Missile Defense System – Novinite.com – Sofia News Agency

Bulgaria is currently exposed to the threat of ballistic missile attacks and is in critical need of upgrading its air defense capabilities, warns Deputy Minister of Defense Atanas Zapryanov in an interview with Nova TV. Seeking assistance from the United States, Zapryanov emphasized discussions on acquiring air defense and anti-ship defense systems. While the U.S. is a crucial partner in Bulgaria‘s military modernization Read more…

Finally… From Roads to Combat Aircraft: Bulgaria’s Ambitious EUR 6 Billion Plan for NATO and Beyond

Bulgaria‘s Minister of Defense, Todor Tagarev, has announced a substantial infrastructure development plan valued at EUR 6 billion, aimed at serving both NATO requirements and civilian purposes. The multifaceted initiative encompasses the construction of roads, railways, oil pipelines, warehouses, and accommodation buildings, positioning Bulgaria as a strategic hub for NATO activities. One of the key components of this comprehensive Read more…