SOFIA (Bulgaria), April 4, 2018, Author: Galina Zdravkova (Bm), Photo: wikipedia.org
The procedures for the implementation of the modernization projects for the Bulgarian Land Forces and Air Force have started, announced the Ministry of Defence of the Republic of Bulgaria on 4th April.
The projects “Acquisition and maintenance of major combat machines for building of mechanized brigade battalion battlegroups” and “Acquisition of combat aircrafts of new type” were reviewed at a sitting of the Defence Council, after which the Minister of Defence Krasimir Karakachanov decided to start the procedure on the submission of the projects for review to the Council of Ministers and their approval by the National Assembly of the Republic of Bulgaria.
The project concerning the modernization of the Land Troops includes acquiring of 150 pcs. combat and special machines, systems and additional equipment, and training of the personnel that will operate the machines and it shall be implemented within 12 years. Its foreseen value is BGN 1220 million (without VAT, duties, taxes and other state fees), of which 1020 million are intended for the 150 combat and special machines, and the rest BGN 200 million – for acquiring of systems and additional equipment.
Under the Project “Acquisition of combat aircrafts of new type”, it is foreseen to be acquired 16 aircrafts in two stages (per 8 aircrafts within a stage). The first 8 aircrafts shall be delivered within 2 years after a contract is signed. The budget of the first stage is intended to be BGN 1500 million which shall cover the costs for acquiring of aircrafts, ground handling services, training, initial integrated logistic maintenance (for a period of three years) and the armaments. The actual parameters of the defence products that will be acquired under this project will become clear after requests for offers are sent to the relevant countries and answers are received.