Dutch F-35 @Wikimedia Commons
The Royal Netherlands Air Force moved four F-35s airplane today, April 6, at Graf Ignatievo Air Base, Bulgaria. They will perform tasks on enhanced airspace protection with the Bulgarian Air Force until May 31, 2022.
the Dutch the crews in service, as well as their Bulgarian counterparts, will carry out tasks in the field of air service, interception, visual reconnaissance and escort. the Bulgarian The Air Force will continue to fulfill its national commitments to be in service with the NATO Integrated Air and Missile Unit Defense System (NATINAMDS). Each of the parties will bear the costs of its own forces and resources involved in strengthening aviation security.
By its decision of March 8, 2022, the Council of Ministers authorized the joint implementation of tasks aimed at strengthening the protection of the airspace of our country by the air forces of Bulgaria and the Netherlands. In the implementation of common air protection tasks (air policing), the Bulgarian the fighters in service will be used in priority. The mission implements measures to ensure the security of the member countries of NATO’s eastern flank and will be implemented within the framework of the plans and procedures of the Alliance Air and Missile Integrated Defense System (NATINAMDS).
Protecting NATO airspace is a collective peacetime responsibility defense assignment. Its purpose is to ensure the integrity and security of the airspace of allied allies.
The participation of personnel and equipment from the Bulgarian Air Force in joint air police operations proves the capabilities of Bulgarian combat aviation to act in an integrated manner with the forces of allied countries to ensure the air security of the countries of the eastern flank of the Alliance.
Decisions to ensure the security of Allies in Eastern Europe were taken by Heads of State and Government at NATO Summits in Wales in 2014 and Warsaw in 2016. One of These decisions are to strengthen the airspace security mission of eastern flank member states with allied forces on a rotating basis. the Bulgarian The Air Force jointly performed Air Policing tasks in 2014 and 2016 with U.S. Air Force forces and assets, in 2017 – with Army forces and assets. of the Italian Republic and in 2022 – with forces and funds from the Air Force of the Kingdom of Spain. Since 2012, the Bulgarian The air force carried out a significant number of cross-border operations with the air forces of Greece and Romania.
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/Ministry of Defense