site.btaBulgaria, Serbia to Conduct Joint Live Firing Exercise at Shabla, June 5-9
The Bulgarian Air Force, jointly with the Land Forces, the Bulgarian Navy and the Joint Special Operations Command, will hold a four-day tactical exercise with international participation at the Shabla Air Force Anti-Aircraft Range (Northeastern Bulgaria) between June 5 and 9, 2023, the Defence Ministry said in a press release on Friday.
The units involved in the exercise will hone their preparedness for participation in a joint operation. The idea is, basically, to improve interaction among elements of the Bulgarian Armed Forces involved in a joint task force securing Bulgaria's air and sea sovereignty by covering the international border.
The air defence and air force elements will conduct intense joint live firing from various land and air platforms at aerial and surface-water targets.
In Shabla 2023, the Bulgarian Air Force will use S-300, S-125 Neva, S-75 Volkhov and 2K12 Kub surface-to-air missile systems, Strela-2M man portable surface-to-air missile launchers, MiG-29 fighters, Su-25 ground attack aircraft, and Mi-17 and Mi-24 helicopters. The Land Forces air defence elements will use Osa-AKM surface-to-air missile systems, ZU-23-2 anti-aircraft twin autocannon systems, and Strela-2M man portable surface-to-air missile launchers.
The navy elements will carry out radar surveillance and observation by two onshore posts and control of shipping by two vessels, and will conduct firing with Strela-2M launchers. A Navy helicopter and patrol boat will be on stand-by for emergency search and rescue.
Simultaneously with Shabla 2023, joint live firing will be conducted with air defence missile elements and aviation of the Serbian Armed Forces, involving over 1,200 service persons of the two countries. The Serbian air defence elements will use S-125 Neva and 2K12 Kub surface-to-air missile systems of the Bulgarian Air Force. The Serbian aviation will use MiG-29 fighters from Plovdiv Airport.
In connection with the conduct of the firing, danger zones will be activated in the airspace above the Shabla Air Force Anti-Aircraft Range and the adjoining seaspace and the territorial sea between Cape Kaliakra and Cape Kartalborun from 1130 hrs on June 4 to 1130 hrs on June 10, 2023, the Navy Command said. The Maritime Administration Executive Agency will issue notices to mariners (NOTMAR) about the 'no go' areas for shipping.