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Bulgaria and Greece will protect Macedonia airspace

8 fighter planes arriving in Sofia by 2021

Bulgaria has announced its intention to participate in the mission to protect the airspace of Northern Macedonia, in rotation with Greece. President Rumen Radev announced this, taking part in the NATO summit in the United Kingdom. He declared that "Bulgaria should not miss this historic opportunity. It is a matter of national interest, but also a debt to the fraternal Northern Macedonia and an expression of our political maturity and our ally responsibility".

While Sofia is waiting for its eight new F-16V Block 70 fighter planes that it has bought from the United States in anticipation of the full sum of 1.2 billion dollars, Athens has signed an agreement to control the Macedonian skies. The aircraft should be delivered in 2021.

The F-16 Fighting Falcon is a single-engine, multirole combat aircraft originally developed by General Dynamics for the US Air Force. Designed as a light fighter, it later evolved into a multirole aircraft. It was selected by the air forces of 25 nations. More than 4500 aircraft were manufactured from the beginning of its production in 1976. In 1993, General Dynamics sold the entire aircraft construction sector to Lockheed Corporation, which later became Lockheed Martin after the merger in 1995 with Martin Marietta.

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