Technical information and unit prices of the five combat aircrafts for which Bulgaria will ask for offers

PANAGYURISHTE, Bulgaria, June 26, 2018, Author: Boyko Nikolov, Photo credit: SAAB / The Gripen’s appeal is helped by low operating costs. This is a two-seat Gripen D.

Bulgaria will send inquiries to seven countries for the purchase of combat aircrafts needed for renovation of our aviation fleet and fulfilling of our NATO obligations. In that connection, BulgarianMilitary.com provides you with complete technical information, prices and capabilities of the selected five combat aircraft for which the Ministry of Defence will expect bids.

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Legend:
BVR – Beyond Visual Range
AAM Missile – Air-To-Air missile

Jets/Data/USD F-16 F-18 Eurofighter Dassault Rafale Gripen C/D
Unit cost 35,000,000 80,000,000 175,000,000 130,000,000 45,000,000
Flight cost/h 12,000 13,200 32,400 28,000 7,800
BVR rating 78% 83% 91% 90% 81%
Armament 7.9/10 7.9/10 8.5/10 8.6/10 8.9/10
Technology 9.0/10 8.9/10 8.8/10 8.5/10 8.0/10
Avionics 9.0/10 9.0/10 8.6/10 8.4/10 7.9/10
Maneuverability 7.9/10 7.8/10 9.5/10 9.3/10 9.0/10
Thrust/Weight 1.11 1.03 1.15 1.13 1.02
Service ceiling 15 km 15 km 20 km 17 km 16 km
Speed 2.00 Mach 1.80 Mach 2.35 Mach 2.00 Mach 2.0 Mach
Fuel Economy 0.91 km/l 0.60 km/l 0.68 km/l 0.70 km/l 1.06 km/l
Overall rating Very good Very good Excellent Excellent Very good
AAM missile AIM 120 AMRAAM AIM 120 AMRAAM MBDA Meteor MBDA Meteor MBDA Meteor
AAM origin USA USA NATO NATO NATO
Year 1997 1997 2013 2013 2013
Range (km) 75 75 100 100 100
Speed (km/h) 4248 4248 4248 4248 4248
Radar AN/APG-80 AN/APG-79 CAPTOR Thales RBE2 Raven ES05
BVR Technology 82% 83% 87% 85% 80%
BVR Def. Tech. 77% 80% 85% 85% 79%
Cannon M61A1 Vulcan M61A1 Vulcan Mauser BK27 GIAT 30M Mauser BK27
Caliber (mm) 20 mm 20 mm 27 mm 30 mm. 27 mm
Rate of fire 6000 rpm 6000 rpm 1700 rpm 2500 rpm. 1700 rpm
Muzzle velocity 1050 m/s 1050 m/s 1025 m/s 1025 m/s 1025 m/s
Size point 30% 20% 20% 20% 30%
AAM First AIM 7 Sparrow AIM 7 Sparrow AIM 132 ASRAAM MBDA MICA MBDA MICA
Op. range 0.2-50 km. 0.2-50 km. 0.3-50 km. 0.2-50 km. 0.2-50 km.
AAM Second IRIS-T IRIS-T AIM 9 Sidewinder R550 Magic IRIS-T
Op. range 0.5-30 km. 0.5-30 km. 0.5-30 km. 0.3-15 km. 0.5-30 km.
Length 15 m. 18.4 m. 15.95 m. 15.27 m. 14.10 m.
Wingspan 9.45 m. 13.65 m. 10.65 m. 10.80 m. 8.40 m.
Wing area 28 m2 46.5 m2 51.2 m2 45.7 m2 30.1 m2
Height 5.1 m. 4.88 m. 5.30 m. 5.30 m. 4.50 m.
Weight 10.000 kg. 14.500 kg. 11.150 kg. 10.100 kg. 6.800 kg.
Power 1 x 145 kN 32k lbf 2 x 97 kN 22k lbf 2 x 89 kN 20k lbf 2 x 75 kN 17k lbf 1 x 80 kN 18k lbf

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