The Outcome of the Project for Two New Bulgarian Patrol Ships Is Expected In Mid-June

SOFIA, (BGM) – The Ministry of Defence has already opened the bids for two new patrol ships, learned after confirmation by the military ministry.

So far, however, they remain silent and explain that everything in connection with the project for about BGN 1 billion will become clear only when the proposal to the Council of Ministers is ready. This should happen on June 12.

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

According to the plan of the ministry, up to now a working group has already had to assess whether all the three submitted offers meet the Bulgarian requirements and last week the price proposals were also opened. The MoD does not provide information as to whether there are dropped out bids.

As we previously reported, bids have been submitted by MTG Dolphin – Bulgaria, Fr.Lurssen – Germany and the Italian company Fincantieri.

The bids for the new ships will be evaluated according to four criteria – capabilities, price, industrial cooperation, integrated logistics support.

If there is political will, a deal can be reached by the end of the year. But there are still many doubts about the project given its long history.

It is dependent on the deal for the new fighter jets that may become more expensive significantly. The Minister of Defence, Krasimir Karakachanov, has already warned that if this happens, there might be consequences for the other projects.

Read more: The Bulgarian Military Ministry Has Opened the Three Bids for Two Patrol Ships

The government plans to pay in instalments for about ten years the three major projects – for fighter jets, armoured vehicles and ships – but it is unclear whether there will be willing persons to accept such a scheme.

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Translator editor: Monika Evgenieva
Source: Mediapool