Military Geographic Service (Bulgarian Army)

The Military Geographic Service[1] is a unit of the Bulgarian Armed Forces responsible for meeting the obligations of the Bulgarian Ministry of Defense in the field of cartography and geographic information. This includes the mapping and production of topographic maps of 1:25000 and lesser scale, maintaining the national geodetic network, and providing topographic and geographic data, digital products and information to the Armed Forces, government institutions and private users.[2] According to the 2006 Law of Geodesy and Cartography, the areas subject to such mapping comprise the country’s territory as well as the area of the Bulgarian base in Antarctica.[3]

Military Geographic Centre's logo

The mapping activities of the Service are carried out by its Military Geographic Centre based in the city of Troyan in northern Bulgaria. Among the products of the Centre is the 2009 Bulgarian topographic map of Livingston Island, Desolation Island, Half Moon Island, Greenwich Island, Aitcho Islands, Robert Island, Rugged Island, Snow Island and Smith Island in the South Shetland Islands, Antarctica,[4] and the 2016 large scale topographic map of the Bulgarian Antarctic base St. Kliment Ohridski.[5]


  1. ^ 10th Anniversary of GIS Day. Archived 2011-07-10 at the Wayback Machine ESRI Bulgaria. 19 November 2008
  2. ^ Survey of key GI players within Europe. Archived 2012-03-03 at the Wayback Machine GINIE: Geographical Information Network in Europe. 11 November 2003.
  3. ^ Law of Geodesy and Cartography. Archived 2009-03-04 at the Wayback Machine State Gazette # 29, 7 April 2006
  4. ^ L.L. Ivanov. Antarctica: Livingston Island and Greenwich, Robert, Snow and Smith Islands. Scale 1:120000 topographic map made by the Military Geographic Service and the Antarctic Place-names Commission. Troyan: Manfred Wörner Foundation, 2010. ISBN 978-954-92032-9-5 (First edition 2009. ISBN 978-954-92032-6-4)
  5. ^ Antarctica, South Shetland Islands, Livingston Island: Bulgarian Antarctic Base. Sheets 1 and 2. Scale 1:2000 topographic map. Geodesy, Cartography and Cadastre Agency, 2016. (in Bulgarian)