Bulgarian soldiers in Afghanistan to receive communication equipment thermal sights from US 2701141
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Defence & Security News - Bulgaria
|Monday, January 27, 2014 10:05 AM|
|Bulgarian soldiers in Afghanistan to receive communication equipment and thermal sights from U.S.|
Bulgarian contingent in Afghanistan on Wednesday, January 22, 2014, received from the United States communication-information equipment and thermal imaging weapon sights valued at 12.5 million U.S. dollars, according to a joint press release.
Bulgarian soldiers deployed in Afghanistan already use U.S. made HMMWV.
The equipment would enhance the ability of the Bulgarian contingent in Afghanistan to exchange classified information in real time and would contribute to its ability to operate more efficiently, the Bulgarian Defense Ministry and the U.S. Embassy to Sofia have said on their websites.
The donation was a part of the implementation of a U.S. program aimed at building the capacity of the armed forces of ally and partner nations to participate or support counter terrorist operations or operations for stability and reconstruction, including activities of the NATO Alliance, the press release said.
Also under this program, the Bulgarian Armed Forces have received video equipment, medical equipment, and navigation systems, which are being used by the Bulgarian contingents taking part in missions overseas.
Equipment, which improves the safety and mobility of the Bulgarian advisors who participate in the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) mission in Afghanistan, is expected to be received in 2014 as well, the press release said.
Bulgaria has been participating in the NATO-led ISAF mission since 2002. According to the ISAF website, currently Bulgaria has a 417-member contingent in Afghanistan.