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Moscow's possible hunt for critical technologies of the Bulgarian F-16V

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Bulgarian-Russian diplomatic "pick"


As you know, literally two months earlier, a very strange Bulgarian-Russian diplomatic "pick" was continued. The subject of its next round was the accusations of the State Agency for National Security of Bulgaria (DANS) against the Deputy Trade Attaché of the Russian Embassy in Bulgaria and the representative of the Rostec State Corporation Sergei Nikolashin and his colleague Vadim Bykov.

For example, according to the Bulgarian news publication 24 Hours (citing anonymous sources), at the DANS headquarters, the above representatives of the Russian diplomatic corps in Sofia were allegedly caught in the implementation of intelligence activities in relation to major Bulgarian-American defense transactions, including optional content 1,256 billion contracts for the supply to the Bulgarian Air Force of eight multifunctional fighters of the transitional generation "4 ++" F-16V Block 70/72 (6 single and 2 double; including sets of missile and bomb weapons of the air-to-air and air -surface ", spare parts, service, as well as a training program for flight personnel), concluded between the defense department of Bulgaria and the military-industrial corporation" Lockheed Martin "on July 11, 2019 through foreign military sales (FMS, - Foreign Military Sales).

What could have caused the interest in the optional content of the contract for the supply of the latest multi-role fighters F-16V Block 70/72 to Bulgaria?


On the one hand, in light of the observed tendency to aggravate the situation in the Black Sea conventional theater of operations, in which Sofia continues to be directly involved, not one step behind Bucharest (in terms of the regular provision of the mooring infrastructure of the port of Varna for the mooring of American destroyers of the Arleigh Burke class , as well as the provision of Avb Graf-Ignatievo as a jump airfield for tactical aviation US Air Force), this kind of activity by representatives of diplomatic structures and intelligence agencies of the Russian Federation in Bulgaria is quite common. And this decision was dictated by a number of compelling operational and strategic justifications.

In particular, the contents of the air-to-surface missile and bomb kits supplied under the aforementioned contract to equip the Bulgarian F-16V Block 70/72 could well become the subject of close interest of our intelligence structures. Reliable information about the presence in these ammunition sets of unobtrusive long-range tactical missiles AGM-158A / B JASSM / -ER would provide the command of the Russian Aerospace Forces and the Russian Navy with the opportunity to advance the locations of the future deployment of the Bulgarian Falcon into the list of the most priority targets subject to a preventive strike or through multipurpose long-range aeroballistic missiles X-47M2 "Dagger", or with the help of stealthy strategic cruise missiles 3M14K / T.

An equally important subject of expert analysis could be information on the software version responsible for the functioning of the weapons control systems of the Bulgarian F-16V Block 70/72 in general and the AN / APG-83 SABR airborne radar complex in particular. Having specialized radio frequency tunable filters RFTF (Radio Frequency Tunable Filters) feeding certain arrays of transmitting and receiving modules of active phased array systems, promising AN / APG-83 radars are capable of functioning not only in standard modes of airspace survey, target tracing, detection of moving ground targets ( GMTI) and synthetic aperture (SAR), but also in the mode of setting electronic jamming in the direction of onboard radars of fighters and divisional radars for illumination and guidance of enemy air defense systems.

Naturally, to implement this APG-83 mode of operation, the F-16V Block 70 weapons control systems must be installed with the latest software versions with appropriate software add-ons. In the event of an escalation of a large-scale conflict in the Black Sea theater of operations (with the involvement of most NATO member states in this region), the availability of such information at the disposal of the command of the Russian Aerospace Forces would minimize the likelihood of participation of such fighters as Su in air battles with the F-16V Block 70/72 -27SM / 3 and Su-30M2, equipped with N001VEP airborne radars based on Cassegrain antenna arrays, which are not able to neutralize the interference from the Bulgarian F-16V.

On the other hand, even in the light of the above circumstances, any accusations by the State Agency "National Security" against the Russian diplomats in Bulgaria can be interpreted as another attack of hysteria of the pro-Western Bulgarian establishment, which has arisen against the background of the now regular military-political dive between Moscow and the North Atlantic alliance.

After all, the number of purchased F-16Vs announced by representatives of the Bulgarian defense department (only 8 units capable of carrying no more than 16 JASSM-ER tactical cruise missiles on the hardpoints) is not capable of having a significant impact on the balance of forces in the Black Sea region, where confident operational and strategic dominance will continue hold the Crimean anti-aircraft zone A2 / AD, which is replete with a huge range of unique air defense systems of domestic development.

Overblown and exaggerated


Consequently, the importance attached to the above Bulgarian-American contract (at the suggestion of the local media) is for the most part overestimated and exaggerated at the request of Western curators.

It turns out that such a high interest on the part of Russian intelligence agencies is not necessary.
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  1. KKND
    KKND 26 November 2020 05: 01
    +4
    The funny thing about maestro Damantsev is not even he himself, but the fact that there were people on VO who were seriously buying into his texts and thought what a clever author was writing this. Tom Clancy was a man of the 80s, a man of his time, time has passed.
    The Russian Aerospace Forces would minimize the likelihood of participation in air battles with the F-16V Block 70/72 of such fighters as the Su-27SM / 3 and Su-30M2, equipped with N001VEP airborne radars based on Cassegrain antenna arrays, which are not able to neutralize the interference from the Bulgarian F-16V.
    .

    The interference can always be "burned" if you fly close. You can launch a rocket on the hindrance if you don't want to fly close. There is a heat direction finder.
  2. parusnik
    parusnik 26 November 2020 05: 59
    +3
    Hmm ... no pepper this time .. smile
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    1. Maksim
      Maksim 26 November 2020 18: 25
      -1
      No, in principle, I can also call you pida-oh, but I will not. I'll tell the admins.
  4. Jacket in stock
    Jacket in stock 26 November 2020 06: 30
    +7
    One sentence, one paragraph.
    I'm just jealous.
  5. Undecim
    Undecim 26 November 2020 08: 13
    +11
    Another information blizzard from Damantsev.
    In particular, the contents of the air-to-surface missile and bomb kits supplied under the aforementioned contract to equip the Bulgarian F-16V Block 70/72 could well become the subject of close interest of our intelligence structures. Reliable information about the presence in these ammunition sets of unobtrusive long-range tactical missiles AGM-158A / B JASSM / -ER would provide the command of the Russian Aerospace Forces and the Russian Navy with the opportunity to advance the locations of the future deployment of the Bulgarian "Falcon" in the list of the most priority targets
    The fact that the F-16V Block 70/72 can use the AGM-158A / B JASSM has been known since 2018. But this missile "is not included in the ammunition load", but is purchased separately, under a separate contract, which, as a rule, is discussed in the open press. Therefore, the above paragraph has no meaning.
    Having specialized radio frequency tunable filters RFTF (Radio Frequency Tunable Filters), feeding certain arrays of transmitting and receiving modules of active phased array, promising AN / APG-83 radars are capable of functioning not only in standard modes of airspace survey, target tracing, detection of moving ground targets ( GMTI) and synthetic aperture (SAR), but also in the mode of setting electronic jamming in the direction of onboard radars of fighters and divisional radars for illumination and guidance of enemy air defense systems.
    The presence of Radio Frequency Tunable Filters is in no way connected with the capabilities of electronic warfare, and their functioning is in no way connected with the "feeding of certain arrays".
    As such, an article, traditionally, is a set of terms and abbreviations that do not carry any useful information.
    1. dzvero
      dzvero 26 November 2020 09: 55
      +9
      I strongly suspect that the author's articles are made by a text generator.
      1. Undecim
        Undecim 26 November 2020 10: 46
        +8
        Judging by the disadvantages, there are individuals whose brain oscillation frequency coincides with the frequency of this generator. Resonance, so to speak.
        1. dzvero
          dzvero 26 November 2020 10: 55
          +4
          It's too hard. It's easier to assume that the text generator has acquired artificial intelligence and direct access to the network ... just some kind of Turing machine. They train her to become a minus, and then wonder where the skynet came from ...
          1. Undecim
            Undecim 26 November 2020 11: 08
            +5
            Yes, minus, okay, the brains are damaged in someone with "specialized radio frequency tunable filters" are not installed.
            1. dzvero
              dzvero 26 November 2020 11: 13
              +3
              brains are damaged in whom "specialized radio frequency tunable filters" are not installed

              smile that's why there have been a lot of gifted comments lately ...
        2. KKND
          KKND 26 November 2020 11: 10
          +3
          Quote: Undecim
          there are individuals whose brain oscillation frequency coincides with the frequency of this generator.

          I confirm, there are still fans. But Evgeniy does not broadcast much on the wrong resource. Here, mostly adults, you can't fool them with such nonsense. But young people, fans of computer games of military themes and the topic of fantastic weapons, would go, especially the youth of the 80s of the 90s from the power of the 2000s. Already posted it but maybe Eugene missed it, let him be inspired. Unfortunately, the full version was deleted, but let it be so happy.
  6. Doctor Evil
    Doctor Evil 26 November 2020 08: 32
    +4
    Gavrila was a vile spy.
    He stole technology ...

    But it is not exactly. (from)
  7. Antifreeze
    Antifreeze 26 November 2020 09: 00
    +15
    Eugene is sometimes interesting to read, but politics is involved. And in this area it makes no sense to make any assessments and conclusions.
  8. Hexenmeister
    Hexenmeister 26 November 2020 09: 48
    +4
    equipped with on-board radar N001VEP based on Cassegrain antenna arrays
    And again these elusive and non-existent Cassegrain grids!
    1. Undecim
      Undecim 26 November 2020 10: 53
      +5
      based on Cassegrain antenna arrays
      Such grids do not exist in nature. Cassegrain's antenna is mirrored.
      1. KKND
        KKND 26 November 2020 11: 00
        +2
        Quote: Undecim
        Such grids do not exist in nature. Cassegrain's antenna is mirrored.

        But it sounds cool: Cassegrain antenna array. Who is Cassegrain? Probably some kind of genius of the late 20th century. Invented the Cassegrain lattice. Does that add solidity to the text? what
        1. Undecim
          Undecim 26 November 2020 11: 12
          +7
          Who is Cassegrain?
          Laurent Cassegrain, a French priest and optician, who lived between 1629 and 1693, developed this mirror system in 1672. So it is used until today, including in radar.
          1. KKND
            KKND 26 November 2020 11: 15
            +5
            Yes, I know this is just a type of reflector. You shouldn't take Damantsev or me so seriously.
            I'm kidding about Eugene, it's strange that he is still being printed as a staff member. Previously, it was still something like rolling, now the whole site laughs.
  9. Pavel73
    Pavel73 26 November 2020 11: 31
    -3
    Let's Bulgarians ... Make your country a target. Two rakes on the forehead were not enough, you need to get the third and the last.
    1. petrovito
      petrovito 26 November 2020 20: 37
      -3
      Quite another thing is being discussed. Boyko Borisov so paid for political calm from Washington. If you make an account, it is easier to notice that the cost of 1 Ф16 is more expensive than 1 Ф35. And before this expert we chose SAAB Gripen as the best choice for Bulgaria.
      1. Pavel73
        Pavel73 26 November 2020 22: 04
        0
        And I'm all about the same. In the First World War, Bulgaria was with whom? With Germany against Russia. Who was Bulgaria with during the Second World War? With Germany against Russia. Who is she with now? With America and NATO against Russia. That's what I mean.
        1. Maksim
          Maksim 27 November 2020 15: 18
          -1
          It seems Bulgaria fought in WWII together with Russia and not against it.
          Although those who are teaching history now, the media will tell everything and put the substance in their heads.
  10. mvg
    mvg 26 November 2020 14: 36
    +6
    Lord, Damantsev Itiot? Or hovers in his world?
  11. Kushka
    Kushka 26 November 2020 14: 47
    0
    And there are such hunters:
    a Czech with a dog went hunting in the woods, the dog scared the deer, he
    in fright, ran past the hunter, while hooked on his shoulder
    horn, while removing the carbine (hornet 22 - 2,7 K bucks) and ran away
    with him into the forest. Who is the hunter now?
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    1. Maksim
      Maksim 27 November 2020 15: 19
      -1
      And I disagree. Keep minus.
  13. TatarinSSSR
    TatarinSSSR 26 November 2020 22: 04
    +1
    Well damn I already have no words .........
  14. Kostadinov
    Kostadinov 30 November 2020 11: 03
    0
    Will the USA transfer critical technologies to Bulgaria? The same USA itself which destroyed all technologically advanced in the Bulgarian Armed Forces and the military-industrial complex.