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Bulgarian Air Force (2020)


Current Active Inventory: 65 Aircraft


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The following represents an overview of the modern aerial fighting capabilities of the Bulgarian Air Force (2020). The service currently counts 65 total units in its active aircraft inventory. The WDMMA review takes into account specific categories of aircraft covering attack, logistics, special-mission, and general support types. Inventory numbers and related aircraft types / variants are provided as-is and derived from publically-available information / sources. "Outlook" results are related to any future airframes currently under procurement though said airframes may not be delivered for service in the current year for various reasons. "Readiness Rates" are based on the published USAF standard. Due to discrepancies regarding UAV reporting between countries and sources, unmanned vehicles are currently not tracked by WDMMA.


Total Aircraft: 65
33 / 65
Total available aircraft assuming a Below Average Readiness Rate of 50.0%.
46 / 65
Total available aircraft assuming an Average Readiness Rate of 70.0%.
49 / 65
Total available aircraft assuming an Above Average Readiness Rate of 75.0%.
52 / 65
Total available aircraft assuming an Excellent Readiness Rate of 80.0%.
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TvR:
15.5
TvR is this air service's TrueValue Rating. The value is formulated by way of assessing an air service's current strengths and weaknesses. All are matched against the top-most performer, this being the USAF which yields a TvR of 242.9.
Global Rank:
49/62
This air service's Global Rank when compared to the rest of the national powers of WDMMA. A total of 62 air services from 51 nations are currently tracked.
FORCE CONCENTRATION:
Attack: 17 units
Support: 27 units
Training: 21 units
Future: 10 units

Suppliers


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Fighters (13)


Airframes detailed as fighter, interceptor, or general attack types including multi-role though excluding dedicated bombers and CAS.

OUTLOOK
POSITIVE
13
miG-29A
Fighter

Total Units: 13 (20%)




Close-Air Support (4)


Airframes utilized in the direct-attack role; typically featuring extended loitering and excellent low-and-slow capabilities.

OUTLOOK
STABLE
4
Su-25K/UBK
Close-Air Support

Total Units: 4 (6%)




Helicopters (19)


Airframes detailed as manned rotary-wing platforms used in the transport, special-mission, or direct-attack roles.

OUTLOOK
POSITIVE
12
H125M
Medium-Lift
3
Mi-17
Medium-Lift
2
Mi-24
Gunship/Transport
2
Bell 206
Light Utility

Total Units: 19 (29%)




Transports (7)


Airframes used in the dedicated hauler role, serving either military or high-government personnel or in supply / cargo delivery.

OUTLOOK
STABLE
2
C-27J
Tactical
1
L-410
Utility
1
A319
VIP
1
An-26
Tactical
1
Falcon 2000
VIP
1
PC-12
Utility

Total Units: 7 (11%)




Trainers (21)


Airframes reserved for dedicated Basic, Advanced, Flight, and Helicopter airman training.

OUTLOOK
POSITIVE
6
l-39
Advanced Jet Trainer
6
PC-9
Basic Trainer
4
Bell 206
Helicopter Trainer
2
MiG-29UB
Fighter Trainer
2
Su-25UBK
Strike Trainer
1
An-2
Paratrooper Trainer

Total Units: 21 (32%)




Special-Mission (1)


Airframes modified for Special-Mission roles - typically these are dedicated, role-specific types.

OUTLOOK
STABLE
1
An-30
Surveillance

Total Units: 1 (2%)




On Order (10)


Aircraft set to be delivered in the current procurement year or in subsequent year(s).

6
F-16C
Multirole
2
F-16D
Fighter Trainer
2
H215M
Medium-Lift

Total Units: 10


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