Forces: January 6, 2002


The US has officially said that if Bulgaria continues its current progress, it will be invited to join NATO in November 2002. The EADS (European Aerospace) consortium has set up a facility in Bulgaria to provide maintenance for the remaining MiG fighters. The company gave the Bulgarians a bargain price deal in order to gain a foothold in the Bulgarian military aircraft market. Bulgaria has agreed to destroy its SS-23 Spider battlefield ballistic missiles (after the US agreed to pay the cost of their disposal).--Stephen V Cole


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