| Bulgarian Aircraft for 1939
DAR (Darjavna Aeroplane Rabotilnitsa)
DAR is maintaining low-level production of the DAR-3-III Garvan (biplane) and the sport DAR-7 SS.1 Koketka (low-wing monoplane) for civilian purchase. The current Garvan-IIIs owned by the Bulgarian Air Force are used for harassment night-bomber duties (with 50-75lbs bombs), artillery spotter work, and primary training. Only two DAR-7 SS.1 are currently used by the Air Force, but are instead provided to regional flying clubs as advanced single-seat aircraft.
DAR maintains its license of the Avia-Fokker B137 fighter, with twelve aircraft on order for 1939.
DAR will produce two new types for 1939. The first is the DAR-13 Kanarche ("Canary") which is a license-built Schneider Grunau Baby (IIb) sport glider. Eight initial Kanarches will be sold to the Bulgarian Air Force (4 four the Graf Ignatievo Military Flying School, and 4 for the Bozhurishte Military Flying School), with sixteen more on order for regional gliding clubs (Sofia - 4; Plovdiv - 4; Varna - 2; Rousse - 2; Bourgas - 2; Kazanlak - 1; Vidin - 1).
The second aircraft type is a license-built type originating from EKW in Switzerland. The Bulgarian Air Force has ordered a number of EKW C-3603 attackers, and has arrranged a deal for the aircraft to be partially-manufactured in kit form by EKW, with final assembly to take place at the DAR-Avia plant. The C-3603s will complement the existing fleet of ground-attackers, replacing Fw-44 and DAR-3 biplanes in the day-attack roles.
No military production planned for 1939; civilian only.
Virtute non armis fido.