US F-16 aircraft in Bulgaria for airspace overflight
This operation is part of NATO missions
Yesterday, Monday 28 September 2020, F-16s of American Air Force took part in a mission to Bulgaria to fly over the national airspace. Going into more details of this operation, armed forces will monitor the skies of NATO for four weeks in a row; the planes will be stationed at the Graf Ignatievo base, a few kilometers from Plovdiv. Aircraft will go into action alongside the Bulgarian ones, in order to improve the capacity of the “home” pilots. Furthermore, F-16s come from the Aviano base in Friuli Venezia Giulia. The overflight of the airspace in southern Europe began in 2014, immediately after the annexation of Crimea to Russia (see AVIONEWS).
Growing concerns about what Moscow decided militarily led to further expand the mission, so much so that Canada's F-18s are operational in neighboring Romania. Over the last 24 months, among other things, NATO denounced unsuitable behaviors by Russian pilots, accused of having flown without the use of the transponder and therefore invisible to radar (not so long ago this topic became of stringent topicality from a technological point of view, as detailed by AVIONEWS).
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