The Defense Institute “Professor Tsvetan Lazarov” is a research, design and experimental and expert technical unit at the Ministry of Defense headquarters in Sofia, Bulgaria.
The institute was created by decree #140 of 04 June 2009 as a legal entity under article 60 of the Administration Act to the MoD. It is the successor of the former military and scientific organization, the Military Scientific and Technological Institute of Military Research.
BDI leads the analysis of needs and opportunities for joint procurement. It shares expertise in the procurement process including technical and operational aspects. Additionally, BDI disseminates the results through internal channels into the Bulgarian Army and into external channels to European Defence Agency.
BDI acts as the IPNC for Bulgaria.