Bulgaria, the Total Price of F-16 Has Been Reduced to BGN 2.1 Billion, Sources Said
SOFIA, (BM) – The total price of F-16 Fighter Jets has been reduced to BGN 2.1 Billion, learned BulgarianMilitary.com, according sources of Bulgarian newspaper “24 Chasa”.
An F-16`s training simulator will be built at the in “Dolna Mitropoliya” military school, according the sources. This requirement has been provided in the approved US offer for selling of eight F-16s to Bulgaria.
The F-16`s pilot training simulator is a part of the cooperation project between Bulgaria and US, because of the Bulgaria purchase of U.S. fighters.
The main idea is Bulgarian and foreign pilots both will be training on the simulator.
According to “24 Chasa” sources, up to BGN 2.1 billion with VAT has been reduced the deal`s price, because of the US decision to invests onw BGN 60 million for adapting the Graf Ignatievo airbase in the future home of F-16. The total cost of the Graf Ignatievo base repair will be about BGN 100 million.
Another reason for reduced price, according the newspaper, is that Bulgaria is not going to order the full weapon systems package of the fighters.
BulgarianMilitary.com can not confirm the truth of this information.
BulgarianMilitary.com recalls that few weeks ago the Bulgarian president Rumen Radev has warned the Cabinet not to “cut” the package for the F-16.
“Every “move” down and cut of this package already leads to an impossibility of realization of the aircraft’s operational capabilities,” he said.
“The Bulgarian Air Force and the Ministry of Defence have developed a very good homogeneous package, maximally “squeezed“, to a minimum, but guaranteeing reliable capabilities and utilization of the aircraft’s combat capabilities,” Rumen Radev said.
BulgarianMilitary.com recalls that the contract with the US to purchase the F-16 enters for approval by Bulgarian Council Of Ministers today.
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