Inside the Bulgarian Army's armoured vehicles programme

Inside the Bulgarian Army's armoured vehicles programme

Throughout Eastern Europe we are seeing a renewed focus on armament modernisation programmes – the region has emerged as the outright leading spender in the military ground vehicle market and in 2019 will see the fastest defence spending growth in the world.

Bulgaria is the most recent country in the region to announce a defence investment project for the procurement of IFVs – more specifically, the acquisition of 150 combat and support vehicles for establishing new battle groups within the Bulgarian Land Force mechanized brigades. This modernisation project, the most important one for the service in recent history, is estimated at BGN 1.464 billion over the next 12 years. 

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Bulgaria is hosting this year’s Armoured Vehicles Eastern Europe, chaired by Lieutenant General (Ret.) Ben Hodges. He will be joined on the speaker panel by: 

  • Lieutenant General Dimitar Iliev, Deputy Chief of Defence, Ministry of Defence of the Republic of Bulgaria, who will deliver the keynote welcome address 
  • Colonel Ivan Tashev, State Expert, Project Management Directorate, Ministry of Defence of the Republic of Bulgaria 
  • Colonel Associate Professor Dr. Borislav Genov, Director of Armament and Equipment Development Directorate 
  • Professor Tsvetan Lazarov Defence Institute, Bulgarian Armed Forces 
  • Colonel Kolya Stoev, Chief of Military Geographic Sector, Operations Department, Bulgarian Land Forces 

Over the past 6 years, Armoured Vehicles Eastern Europe has established itself as the premier forum in the region for military practitioners, research and development colleagues and partners and providers in industry- it’s a great opportunity to get together, for meaningful discussion of armoured vehicle deployment, procurement, cooperation, and sustainment in Eastern Europe. Commanders of Mechanised and Armoured Units, acquisition experts and capability development specialists from the region are under invitation, alongside wider NATO colleagues from North America and Western Europe. More specifically, users from Czech Republic, Hungary, Slovakia, Slovenia, Ukraine and Croatia will join Bulgaria their priorities and challenges for advancing mechanised fighting capability.

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