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Eurocopter AS.565MB Panther 
Six AS.565MB ordered in January 2005 from the manufacturer and planned to be delivered in 2010. To be used by the Naval Helicopter Squadron for maritime surveillance, SAR, anti-submarine and anti-surface missions. In particular, they will operate aboard the four new French-built corvettes that will be introduced into service.

Serial c/no. Prev. Identity Delivered Fate/Notes
      2010  
      2010  
      2010  
      2010  
      2010  
      2010  

References:

  • European Air Forces Directory 2007/08 (Mach III)


Kamov Ka-25 
One Kamov Ka-25BSH delivered in 1984. Used by the Naval Helicopter Squadron for Airborne Early Warning. Withdrawn from service in 1991.

Serial c/no. Prev. Identity Delivered Fate/Notes
821 10702   1984 wfu 1991. Preserved at Bulg. Navy Museum at Varna

References:

  • European Air Forces Directory 2003/04 (Mach III)


Mil Mi-4A 
Two(?) Mi-4A obtained from the air force(?) in 1965. Used by the Naval Helicopter Squadron for naval liaison/transport duties. Withdrawn in 1979.

Serial c/no. Prev. Identity Delivered Fate/Notes
?     1965  
45 red     1965 Preserved at Bulg. Navy Museum at Varna

References:

  • to be added.


Mil Mi-4M  
Two Mi-4M obtained from the USSR in 1959. Two additional examples (?) obtained to allow formation of the Naval Helicopter Squadron. Used for shore-based ASW operations. One example crashed into a lake in early 1966. Withdrawn in 1979 when replaced by the Mi-14.

Serial c/no. Prev. Identity Delivered Fate/Notes
?     1959 wfu 1979
?     1959 w/o early 1966
?     1959? wfu 1979
?     1959? wfu 1979

References:

  • to be added.


Mil Mi-14 * Current *
Nine Mi-14PL and two Mi-14BT delivered in 1979. Used by the Naval Helicopter Squadron for ASW/SAR (Mi-14PL) and transport (Mi-14BT) work.

Serial c/no. Prev. Identity Delivered Fate/Notes
801 U5001   1979 Mi-14PL, wfu Oct 2006
802 U5002   1979 Mi-14PL, wfu Oct 2006
803 U5003   1979 Mi-14PL
804 U5004   1979 Mi-14PL, wfu Oct 2006
805 U5005   1979 Mi-14PL, wfu Oct 2006
806 U5006   1979 Mi-14PL. Seriously damaged 6 January 1983, wfu and preserved at Varna.
807 78215   1979 Mi-14PL, ex-AVMF
808 78485   1979 Mi-14PL, ex-AVMF
809 78476   1979 Mi-14PL, ex-AVMF
811 U5007   1979 Mi-14BT
812 U5008   1979 Mi-14BT. w/o 1985. Preserved Plovidv/Krumovo.

References:

  • European Air Forces Directory 2007/08 (Mach III)


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