Gen. Sabev – US Has Offered Bulgaria a Very Good Package Deal for the F-16
SOFIA, (BulgarianMilitary.com) – The United States has offered us a very good package deal, the given maximum price includes what we want. So the upcoming purchase of F-16 fighter aircrafts for the Bulgarian aviation was commented on bTV’s air by Gen. Sabi Sabev, co-founder of the Atlantic Council of Bulgaria, learned BulgarianMilitary.com.
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We recall that the US Congress has allowed the sale of F-16 fighter aircrafts to our country. It has been approved the buying of a complete package for eight multirole fighter aircrafts. The approved amount has an upper limit of up to BGN 2.9 billion, and the Bulgarian parliament has passed a budget of BGN 1.8 billion including VAT.
“This is a very good package deal. The maximum price announced in the final contract will not be like that and will be relatively lower. This gives a chance for the subsequent purchase of additional armaments, modernization, etc.,“ Gen. Sabi Sabev explained.
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He added that the training of pilots and technicians required specialized English. Gen. Sabev also said that if they were well prepared, maybe a little of this item would be cut.
In his words, the sooner we sign the contract, the faster these modern aircrafts will be delivered. If the contract is ratified by the National Assembly by the end of July, at the latest in 2022 we will start receiving them, predicts Gen. Sabi Sabev.
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According to him, the payment may also not be a problem, as we can do like Poland and get a low-interest loan from the US.
Bulgaria insists on payment in instalments, while the US requests a prepayment.
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Translator editor: Monika Evgenieva