USAF to Deploy F-15s in Joint Air Policing Mission with Bulgaria

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Bulgaria: USAF to Deploy F-15s in Joint Air Policing Mission with Bulgaria USAF F-15C flying a combat air patrol mission 7 October 2007 over Washington, D.C., in support of Operation Noble Eagle. U.S. Air Force photo.

The United States will deploy F-15 fighter jets to conduct joint air policing of Bulgarian airspace next month at the request of the authorities in Sofia, NATO has announced.

Bulgaria’s Defense Minister Nikolay Nenchev said on Wednesday the government decided to conduct joint protection of the country’s airspace with the US Air Force in a week-long mission which will commence on September 9.

Nenchev told reporters that the air policing rounds will involve two US warplanes but did not elaborate what their type will be.

“Two US F-15 fighter jets will join Bulgaria’s MIG-29s for a week on this mission, which is part of NATO’s enhanced air policing measures for eastern Allies,” the Alliance said in a statement on Wednesday.

“The enhanced air policing measures for Bulgaria are being launched by NATO for the first time, in response to a request by the Bulgarian authorities,” NATO said.

NATO takes its responsibility to ensure the safety and integrity of our airspace very seriously. This mission is a demonstration of solidarity and support for our Ally Bulgaria,” NATO Deputy Secretary General Alexander Vershbow said in the statement.

Bulgaria's Defence Ministry said in a separate statement on Wednesday that up to eight USAF aircraft, together with coprresponding crew and service personnel, will be stationed in Bulgaria in late August to implement the joint air policing mission.

Nikolay Nenchev had said in July that at least 10 violations of the country's airspace by Russian military aircraft had been recorded in a month. The Russian aircraft had allegedly been flying with their transponders -  the electronic devices that allow to identify them – turned off, Nenchev said at the time, describing the cases as ‘’provocation’’.

Nenchev also said that the areas where Russian aircraft had flown were part of NATO member Bulgaria's "area of responsibility" within the Alliance.

Moscow has dismissed Nenchev’s claims that Russian warplanes had been involved in "provocations" toward Bulgaria.



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Jerry - 30 Aug 2016 // 01:55:07


The United States has mechanisms for Economic Stabilization, Obama geared his policies in Social Stabilization without sustainability causing weak economic growth.

Now USA innovation and investment will trigger economic growth and Economic Stabilization.

The Emerging Economies must reckon with Corruption and Left Wing baggage that influences economic growth at a status quo.

George Zheliazkov - 29 Aug 2016 // 16:43:49


we call this more like living in La La Land and being bubble heads....
These numbers are the evidence that the game is OVER and nothing can bring back on track our American friends.
The US had a good run in the favorable conditions created by the second world war, but hey nothing lasts forever...
The Roman Empire had its time and so did the British and others...

The US can and will keep the status quo in the short run (next 5 years or so) but no matter who the next president is or what they do, on a longer run of 10, 20 and more years the US will be in a serious decline.
There is absolutely nothing they can do about it and this is the new world reality.

The present and future belong to the emerging markets!

Jerry - 29 Aug 2016 // 09:17:40

We call this USA Patriotism, Apple Pie, Chevrolet USA.

These numbers mean nothing when you consider the United States mechanisms of economic development and resilience.

George Zheliazkov - 29 Aug 2016 // 02:56:21

On top of all the staggering statistics the US of course continue to waste money in shocking ways.

The Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II monster for example an its inability to fly due to its lack of aerodynamics and extreme reliance on the computer systems. That monster costs the American taxpayer $400,000,000,000!!!
Yeah that's billions!
No wonder the American suicide levels are at all time high in US history (around 130 per day) including many military vets...
And how about that 1% stagnant GDP growth, nonexistent wage growth (for the last 20 years) and lack of productivity...
But hey, there is always some money to burn, fly some planes and play some NATO games...

George Zheliazkov - 28 Aug 2016 // 20:03:18

Very funny!
BTW who is paying for the fuel?
Seriously our American friends are just about to collapse and the \"modern miracle of free market capitalism\" is in a serious trouble.
20 trillion $$$ in debt, highest corporate taxes in the world, crumbling infrastructure, no universal healthcare, education back to the stone age (30th place in math and science), no guaranteed by the government paid vacation, paid holidays, paid maternity leave, only 120 million US taxpayers are supporting 325 million US population, an enormous crisis in drug use and addiction/deaths, increased violent crime (around 100 gun deaths per day), increased racial divide, absolute political mess, every kid being born with $60,000 debt and etc. etc. etc. etc.......

Here you can check the rest of the picture .....

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