Military Capabilities

Bulgaria to take over air policing of North Macedonian airspace

14 June 2019

Bulgarian Prime Minister Boyko Borisov has confirmed that the Bulgarian Air Force (BuAF) will take over the air policing of North Macedonian airspace, following a meeting with North Macedonian Prime Minister Zoran Zaev.

Borisov said this would happen after the BuAF receives F-16 fighters, set to be ordered this year.

“Last week I discussed with my colleague Zaev the possibility of using our newly procured F-16 fighters for air policing of North Macedonian airspace. This will be good for both of us,” Borisov said on 12 June while attending the distinguished visitors day of multinational exercise ‘Strike Back 2019’ being held at the Novo Selo military training range in Bulgaria between 6–20 June.

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