MTG Dolphin, Lurssen and Fincantieri Have Submitted Offers for the Building Of Two Bulgarian Patrol Ships

SOFIA, Bulgaria (BulgarianMilitary.com) – As we forecasted a week ago, expectedly and already officially, three companies submitted their price offers for the building of two patrol ships needed by the Bulgarian Navy, learned BulgarianMilitary.com.

Read more: Three Offers Are Expected On the Project for Building Of Two Bulgarian Patrol Ships

These are the Bulgarian company MTG Dolphin based in Varna, the Italian Fincantieri shipyard and the German shipyard Lurssen.

The project for the supply of two Bulgarian patrol ships is worth more than BGN 1 billion and is by a long-term program for the modernization of the Bulgarian army, developed by the Ministry of Defence by the means of three major projects – new patrol ships, new armoured machinery and new fighter jets.

BulgarianMilitary.com recalls that the bidding for the Bulgarian ships is actually being held for the second time because at the end of 2017 the then selected winner, MTG Dolphin, refused to sign the contract with the country due to the reduced financial value. This statement comes as an official comment by the Ministry of Defence, but not as such by the Bulgarian company.

Read more: MTG Dolphin withdrew their offer for building of two patrol boats

The government has repeatedly shared its wish that this project should be implemented by a Bulgarian company. MTG Dolphin is probably the only Bulgarian company that can really do it, being also specialized in the production of battleships and warships as its western competitors are. In the previous edition of the project, the Varna company participated in a consortium with Thales, Diehl Defence, Leonardo, MBDA and Rheinmetall. BulgarianMilitary.com cannot confirm whether MTG Dolphin has been involved in the same way now.

The project provides for the first patrol ship to be launched into water by the end of 2023 and the second one by the end of 2024. The Ministry of Defence has requested price offers for this project from a total of eight companies. The project provides for two options – purchasing a new defence product or production under license.

Read more: The New Patrol Boats Project of The Bulgarian Navy is Slowly Advancing

Bulgaria currently has a total of six warships, three of which are Soviet-made, and the other three are made by Belgium, acquired as second-hand ships in 2005-2008. The presence of Soviet equipment is exactly one of the reasons for the implementation of this project for two main reasons: the old USSR ships are not at the modern state of technology and they are not compatible with NATO standards, so if they are replaced by two new patrol ships, the state will save BGN 7.3 million, according to experts from the Ministry of Defence.

Follow us everywhere and at any time. BulgarianMilitary.com has responsive design and you can open the page from any computer, mobile devices or web browsers. For more up-to-date news from us, follow our Reddit, LinkedIn, Twitter and Facebook pages. Do not miss the chance to subscribe to our newsletter.

BulgarianMilitary.com
Translator editor: Monika Evgenieva

DO YOU EVALUATE OUR REPORTING? WE NEED YOUR SUPPORT.

Dear reader,

BulgarianMilitary.com continues to be an objective and expert source of information in defense industry, military-political relations and military conflicts around the world.

Now more than ever, we need free and independent journalism. We believe that information shouldn't be behind a paid wall and we will continue to commit to keeping it free.

We know that our readers appreciate the content of BulgarianMilitary.com. In the last year, the indicators on our page have doubled. At the same time, the support of readers in the form of recurring monthly financial contributions provides continuous support for our work, which allows us to innovate.

We are more confident than ever in our role bridging media, policy, and the public. We thank you for your support.

Your recurring monthly financial contributions help us innovate for the future. Please, consider making a recurring contribution to BulgarianMilitary.com.