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SAAB Gripen Played its Trump Card for the Deal of New Bulgarian Fighter Jets

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SAAB Gripen Played its Trump Card for the Deal of New Bulgarian Fighter Jets
The Gripen cockpit is dominated by three large, full colour, Multi-Function Displays (MFDs) and a wide angle diffractive optics Head-Up Display (HUD) with a holographic combiner. | Photo credit: SAAB Gripen

SOFIA, Bulgaria (BulgarianMilitary.com) – Lockheed Martin’s presentation on 18 September in Sofia, with which the company officially made its offer for a sale of F-16 Block 72 to Bulgaria, undoubtedly turned out to be a strong move by the U.S. company, considering that it was the only from all participants that took this commercial practice. Today, however, the other participant that also has a great chances to be the final winner – SAAB Gripen, has played its trump card in the competition with his American contestant, learned Bulgarian Military.com

Read more: F-16 Block 72 Known as Viper Has Been Offered to Bulgaria
Read more: The New Bulgarian Fighter Will Be Selected from among Four Bids

SAAB Gripen offers a partnership to Bulgarian companies, which to become part of the acquisition process of new combat aircraft for Bulgarian aviation. These are Avionams – Plovdiv, Optix – Panagyurishte, Terem Letetz – Sofia and Samel – 90 – Samokov.

In official presentation of SAAB Gripen it is said, we quote „Saab has already identified number of local companies for potential cooperation in the field of security of supply“

BulgarianMilitary.com contacted for comment the Marketing Director of one of the companies mentioned above – Zhelyazko Gagov from Optix who told for our media: “Yes, we are familiar with the fact that SAAB Gripen has quoted us in their widespread presentation. This can be a pleasure for us because in recent years we have been working on several projects with different company subdivisions, which have nothing to do with the current topic and tender for Bulgarian fighter aircraft. In our relationship with them we are guided by the principles of correct partnership. In this sense, it is logical that we have already had talks with the Swedish company about the current project and our possible participation in the form of industrial co-operation, but we cannot say more details at this point because the whole process is yet to begin.”

We remind that a few days ago, the Minister of Defense Krasimir Karakachanov told the media that the Plovdiv-based company Avionams did not have a license to repair the old Russian Su-25. He is right because in business with military products and dual purpose products not everyone can produce, not everyone can repair and not everyone can resell. Only the manufacturer of a specific product can decide if a company can obtain a license to repair its products. It is also important to be understood that this license may only be valid on the territory of the country in which the company operates.

Read more: Only “558 ARP” Has Submitted Documents for the Bulgarian Su-25 Overhaul

In connection to this, the citation of Avionams and Terem Letetz as well as Samel 90 may be a slight wink that the Swedish company would be ready to issue the necessary future documents for its Bulgarian partners.

Taking into account what Zhelyazko Gagov said, we make a conclusion that the three companies above may have also worked with their Swedish partner, which would be in their favor at this point. At Bulgarianmilitary.com we do not have received an official confirmation by the three companies for this, so until now it remains only our assumption.

According to the official presentation of SAAB Gripen, they are ready to deliver the first four Gripen to Bulgaria within two years, as well as to fully equip two sheds at Graf Ignatievo Air Force Base, which is located near Plovdiv.

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VMZ Sopot Will Produce UAVs Based on Israeli Technology

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Drone produced by Aeronautics Group, Israel | Photo credit: Aeronautics Group

SOPOT, Bulgaria (BulgarianMilitary.com) – VMZ Sopot and Israel’s Aeronautics Group begin their cooperation and technology transfer after their officially signed contract for the production of unmanned aerial vehicles, known as “drones”, learned BulgarianMilitary.com.

It is expected this agreement to be a real opportunity for the Bulgarian company to start the developing and producing its own brand drones, their service and maintenance, the official statement of VMZ Sopot says. The contract was signed by the Chairman of the Board of Directors of VMZ Sopot Mr. Atanas Bogdanov and the Director of Marketing and Business Development of the Israeli company Mr. Adi Cohen during a trilateral meeting with the Minister of Economy Emil Karanikolov.

VMZ Sopot Will Produce UAVs Based on Israeli Technology

Signing a contract between VMZ Sopot and Aeronautics Group | Photo credit: VMZ Sopot

The solutions offered by the Israel-based Aeronautics Group, in the field of unmanned vehicles, are aimed at defence, homeland security and civilian UAVs. In regard to defence, the Aeronautics Group’s drones have been developed in the field of surveillance and security, counter-terrorism, tactical UAVs, counter- artillery UAVs, drones for ground forces support and drones equipped with high-tech ISR units.

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The Aeronautics Group is a successfully-developing Israeli company, and last year it has even become public by issuing its IPO on global stock markets. NATO, as an institution, is part of the Aeronautics Group’s client portfolio which in its structure includes dozens of state and private institutions all over the world.

Bulgarianmilitary.com recalls that the development of the military-industrial complex in Bulgaria has been experiencing its Renaissance period for the last 29 years, with the export of Bulgarian arms and ammunition, in 2017, has increased by 20% compared to the previous 2016 and it amounts to nearly EUR 1,2 billion, which is the highest value in the new history of Bulgaria.

Read more: In 2017 Bulgaria Exported 20% More Arms and Munitions

According to Adi Cohen, Bulgaria is a new opportunity for the Israeli company and he believes it will become an important hub for products for air aviation. On the other hand, Atanas Bogdanov acknowledges this future cooperation as a chance for VMZ Sopot to develop in the field of new high-tech fields.

Bulgarianmilitart.com reminds that in Bulgaria another private company working in the area of military technology has already successfully developed and realized its own anti-drone system. Optix Anti-Drone is a system that operates in the range of 500 – 5000m. and can detect the location of UAVs as well as of their remote control. This is done on the basis of the real-time frequency spectrum monitoring and direction finding system. We remind you that Optix is part of Safeshore system, a drone detection system and it is funded under the Horizon 2020 program by the EU, with European universities and companies participating in this consortium besides Optix.

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Only “558 ARP” Has Submitted Documents for the Bulgarian Su-25 Overhaul

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BGN 41 Million Planned by the Bulgarian Ministry of Defence for Repairs of its Su-25

SOFIA, Bulgaria (BulgarianMilitary.com) – Today in the National Assembly, Defense Minister, Krasimir Karakachanov, said that there is only one bidder for the repair of the Bulgarian aircraft Su-25 and this is the Belarusian company 558 Aircraft Repair Plant, learned BulgarianMilitary.com.

In August this year, the Ministry of Defense has launched a tender for the aircraft in question, which is for over 40 million leva, without it being cleared how many of the existing Su-25s will be repaired. In Bulgaria, there are 14 Su-25 bombers in Bulgaria, and only four of them are currently flying,

We would like to remind that in Bulgaria, there is a state-owned company for aircraft repair, Avionams, but at the moment, it cannot carry out the overhaul, because, according to the Minister, it does not have the necessary license and it would take about two years to get it.

Read more: BGN 41 Million Planned by the Bulgarian Ministry of Defence for Repairs of its Su-25

“For such repairs, a license is needed, and Avionams doesn’t have it. Its obtaining may take 2 or 3 years, and we cannot wait. This is not Zhiguli, which you can give to every service in every village. This is aviation equipment.” – were Minister’s word.

It becomes clear that Bulgaria has sent to two companies a request for offer for the procurement in question – the aforementioned Belarussian company and the Russian United Aircraft Corporation, which, however, apparently declined because it did not submit its proposal.

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