SOFIA, Bulgaria (BulgarianMilitary.com), 24 August 2018, Editor: Bm Team, Photo credit: News Agency BGNES
The Ministry of Defence of Bulgaria announced on its website on 23rd August 2018 that the procedure for selection of a new fighter for the Bulgarian Army is at the stage of sent requests for offers to Sweden, the USA, France, Italy, and Israel. In that connection, at the ceremony on the 70th anniversary from the formation of the military transport aviation, the Deputy Defence Minister Atanas Zapryanov said in response to a reporter’s question related to the upcoming visit of a Bulgarian delegation to the USA, “At this stage, Bulgaria cannot influence in any way what these countries will decide and offer,” learned BulgarianMilitary.com
As BulgarianMilitary.com already reported the expected offers are for 5 new or used Combat Aircrafts and Their Modifications: Rafale, Gripen, Eurofighter, F-16, and F-18.
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The Deputy Minister Zapryanov further explained that the invitation for a visit to the USA concerns military technical consultations and added, “We can receive such invitations not only from the USA, but from each of the rest countries. We will respond positively to each invitation, because our goal is to clearly state what our requirements are during the consultations. There are indications that there will be invitations from other participants as well. We maintain full transparency and equality between all countries that will participate in the procedure.”
The agreed deadline for the preparation and submission of the offers is only three months as the planned financial resources shall be utilized till the end of this year.
“We consider that such military-technical consultations would facilitate our partners for preparing their answers to us quicker. If there are incomplete offers, we will lose time to clarify them, and the deadline for receipt of the answers is 1st October 2018,” said Atanas Zapryanov and added, “There cannot be anything non-transparent, because the contract then must be discussed at sessions of the Government and the Parliament.”
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