Eight American multi-purpose F-16 Fighting Falcon fighters were transferred to the Graf Ignatievo air base in Bulgaria to participate in the Thracian Star 21 exercises. This is reported by RIA Novosti with reference to the Command of the US Air Force in Europe.
The report says that the exercises are aimed at ” providing effective forces for stability in the region.” As part of the exercises, the United States and Bulgaria will work out rapid deployment in remote areas, the statement says.
The F-16 Fighting Falcon fighters are permanently based in Italy at the Aviano base.
In June, the Defense Blog reported that the largest contractor of the Pentagon, the American military-industrial corporation Lockheed Martin, offered Ukraine to buy F-16 Fighting Falcon fighters from it. The publication noted that the F-16 Fighting Falcon in Ukraine can replace the Su-27 and MiG-29 aircraft.