site.btaDefence Minister Stoyanov Visits Graf Ignatievo Air Base to Inspect Progress on Upgrading Infrastructure Projects
Caretaker Defence Minister Dimitar Stoyanov arrived Thursday at the Graf Ignatievo Air Base to inspect the implementation of infrastructure projects related to the acquisition and commissioning of F-16 Block 70 aircraft. He addressed the participants in a working group coordinating the projects saying that he "expects the impossible in the coming months in order to achieve the goal".
The working meeting was attended by representatives of the contractors, who gave information on the implementation of five projects related to the reconstruction of the runway at the airbase.
Stoyanov noted that this was the second time he participated in a meeting of the working group. Currently there is a considerable delay in the projects' implementation and it is up to everyone to catch up so that in 2025 the airbase will pass certification and accept aircraft from the United States.
If the delay persists, Bulgaria will have to pay additional amounts for the storage and maintenance of the aircraft, Stoyanov explained.