ANNEX TO THE OPERATIONAL MATTERS AND EXERCISE PLANNING
REGARDING AERIAL TRAINING
Pursuant to Article IV of the “Agreement between the Government of the Republic of Bulgaria and the Government of the United States of America on Defense Cooperation”, signed in Sofia on April 28, 2006 (hereinafter “the Agreement”), it is agreed as follows:
1.The United States authorized representative shall submit to the Bulgarian Air Forces Headquarters, a list of desired aerial training events. This list shall be submitted by the 1st of September of each year and shall list all proposed training events for the period of January through December of the following year. This list should contain the proposed dates for each training event, a general description of the event, and a description of the area proposed for use.
2.The Bulgarian Co-Chair shall respond to the United States Co-chair by the 1st of November of each year and advise whether the aerial training events requested have been approved.
3.For those events that are approved, the United States forces shall submit a written training plan to Bulgarian military authorities for coordination and approval. The plan shall provide details on the conduct of each proposed training event, including: the proposed dates, the aerial area proposed for use, the numbers of participants, the types and number of aircraft and equipment to be used, the ranges requested, safety measures, and relevant documentation.
4.The United States forces and Bulgarian military authorities shall seek to conclude a mutually satisfactory training event plan 90 days prior to the start of the training event or exercise.
5.Upon discovery of issues or disagreements relating to proposed training events, the Joint Commission or its appropriate sub-committee shall discuss and attempt to resolve such issues at least 60 days prior to the start of the event.
6.Detailed rules and standard operating procedures (SOPs) for each type of aerial training will be the subject of written arrangements between the Executive Agents.
7.Authorized aerial training events may include but are not limited to day and night fixed wing and rotary wing operations for all types of training activities, high and low level IMC/VMC operations, supersonic flight, air-to-air refueling, personnel recovery operations, airdrop and air assault operations (personnel and cargo), conventional weapon/rocket deliveries, aerial gunnery operations, aerial intercept operations, chaff and flares, and full-scale conventional live and/or inert weapons delivery, including employment of laser target designators and illumination flares.
8.Aerial training in Bulgarian airspace may be conducted by the United States forces’ military aircraft operating from bases or locations outside the territory of the Republic of Bulgaria. Such aircraft shall not be required to land in Bulgarian territory in connection with the training events. United States forces military aircraft shall have unescorted access through Bulgarian airspace and within the airspace above Bulgarian training ranges.
9.Unless otherwise agreed between the Executive Agents, United States forces training rules shall apply to United States military aircraft while conducting air-to-ground operations. Allied Command Europe (ACE) Manual 75-2-1, Fighting Edge Air-to-Air Training Rules, or its successor directive, shall apply to United States forces military aircraft while conducting air-to-air operations, with full respect for relevant Bulgarian rules governing air safety.