Bulgarie Airmed Forces

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Bulgarie Airmy
Logo of Ministry of Defense of Bulgaria.svg
Current furm2002
Service branchesWar flag of Bulgaria.svg Bulgarie Laund Forces
Logo-Novo-Vvs.jpg Bulgarian Air Force
Naval Ensign of Bulgaria.svg Bulgarian Navy
Commander-in-ChiefPreses o Bulgarie Rumen Radev
Meenister o DefenceKrasimir Karakachanov[1]
Chief of the DefenceVice admiral Emil Eftimov[2]
Militar age18 years of age
Available for
militar service
3,208,526, age 16–49 (2008 est.)
Fit for
militar service
2,320,955, age 16–49 (2008 est.)
Reachin militar
age annually
63,444 (2008 est.)
Active personnel30,000
Reserve personnel302,500
Deployed personnelSee below
BudgetUS$1.190 billion (2009)[3]
Percent o GDP1.98% (2009)
Domestic suppliersTEREM Arsenal Corporation
Foreign suppliers Italy

 United States
 United Kingdom

 Soviet Union
Annual exports€219,412,155 (2012)[4]
€420,000,000 (2014)
€642,000,000 (2015)[5]
€1,000,000,000 (2016)[6]
Relatit airticles
HistoryRusso-Turkish War (1877-1878)
Serbo-Bulgarian War
First Balkan War
Second Balkan War
World War I
War of the Stray Dog
World War II
Incident at Petrich
Warsaw Pact invasion of Czechoslovakia
Iraq War
War in Afghanistan (2001–present)
2011 military intervention in Libya
RanksMilitary ranks of Bulgaria

The Bulgarie Airmy (Bulgarie: Българска армия) represents the Airmed Forces of the Republic of Bulgarie. The Commander-in-Chief is the President of Bulgaria (since January 2017 Rumen Radev). The Meenistry of Defence is in chairge of political leadership while overall military command remains in the hands of the Defence Staff, headed by the Chief of the Defence (formerly called the Chief of the General Staff). There are three main branches, named literally the Land Forces, the Air Forces and the Naval Forces and the term "Bulgarian Army" encompasses them all together.

Throughout history, the Airmy has played a major role in defending the country's sovereignty. Anely several years efter its liberation (1878), Bulgarie became a regional meelitary power and wis involved in several major wars – Serbo-Bulgarian War (1885), First Balkan War (1912–13), Second Balkan War (1913), First Warld War (1915–1918) and Seicony Warld War (1941–1945), during which the Airmy gained significant combat experience. During the Cauld War the Fowk's Republic o Bulgarie maintained one of the lairgest meelitaries in the Warsaw Pact, numbering an estimated 152,000 troops in 1988.[7] Since the Fall of Communism, the poleetical leadership decided to pursue a pro-NATO policy, thus reducing meelitary personnel and wappenry. Bulgarie joined the North Atlantic Treaty Organization on 29 Mairch 2004 and currently maintains a total 776 deployed troops in three countries.

The patron saunt of the Bulgarie Airmy is St. George. The Airmed Forces Day or St. George's Day (6 May) is an offeecial holiday in Bulgarie.

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  1. "Archived copy". Archived frae the oreeginal on 13 Julie 2015. Retrieved 13 Julie 2015. Unknown parameter |deadurl= ignored (help)CS1 maint: archived copy as teetle (link)
  2. МО, Отдел ИО, дирекция АИО,. "Министерство на отбраната на Република България". Md.government.bg. Retrieved 15 October 2017.CS1 maint: extra punctuation (link)
  3. "Wayback Machine" (PDF). Web.archive.org. 7 Mairch 2010. Archived frae the oreeginal (PDF) on 7 Mairch 2010. Retrieved 15 October 2017. Unknown parameter |deadurl= ignored (help)
  4. Bulgaria's 2012 Biggest Arms Exports Are With Algeria and Afghanistan[deid airtin] Mediapool.bg, 05 June 2013
  5. Arms Exports Rose 59% in 2015 novinite.com, 07 July 2016
  6. East conflicts boost Bulgarian arms exports dailymal.co.uk, 30 August 2017
  7. "Bulgaria – Military Personnel". Lcweb2.loc.gov. Retrieved 15 October 2017.