SOFIA, Bulgaria (BulgarianMilitary.com), 28 August 2018, Author: Boyko Nikolov, Photo credit: U.S. Army Photo
13 Т-72 tanks and 60 sights for them will be repaired in the next five years, and the repair will cost about EUR 5 million, decided the Ministry of Defence, learned BulgarianMilitary.com, quoting Dnevnik.
The Bulgarian country will use a different approach during the conclusion of the deal, i.e. a public procurement with a negotiation procedure. This means that the Ministry of Defence will choose which participant to execute the repair after submission of applications without included prices.
The repair works shall be started this year.
We would like to remind that, for the purposes of modernization of the Bulgarian Army, the Government is ready to pay about EUR 2 billion over the coming 10 years. EUR 730 million are foreseen for the modernization of the Bulgarian infantry, with which 150 combat vehicles to be purchased.
“We have taken the decision, it was reviewed by the Parliament and when we have the classifications, at a political level, either with the president Trump, or with another manufacturer, we will look for a strategic partnership,” said Boyko Borisov about the continuing plans on the modernization of the Bulgarian Army at Novo Selo Training Range during the Platinum Lion Exercise held at the beginning of August.
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Already then the Brigadier General Valeri Tsolov showed the Prime Minister the US engineering machine that participated in the training and which the Bulgarian Army needs, and the Chief of the Defence of Bulgaria General Andrey Botsev commented that the Ministry of Defence will repair the T-72 tanks in question, as well as the weapons for them. According to General Botsev, other projects, which are to be implemented by the Ministry of Defence, are being put on the agenda as well.
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