SOFIA, (BM) – President Rumen Radev called on the government not to allow “cut” of the F-16 fighter aircraft package, ;earned BulgarianMilitary.com.
“Every “move” down and cut of this package already leads to an impossibility of realization of the aircraft’s operational capabilities,” he warned.
The government has already received a concrete offer for the acquisition of eight F-16 Block 70 fighter aircraft, hoping to reduce it to about BGN 2 billion in the framework of negotiations. However, this cannot happen without part of the package being denied. But the Ministry of Defence thinks it is possible price reduction without affecting the combat capabilities.
Radev commented, in turn, that it was important not only to acquire aircraft, but also the entire equipment, armament and training.
“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.
“The government has repeatedly declared that it will achieve a reasonable price close to that set by the National Assembly, that there will be installment payment, and offset, and industrial cooperation and high combat capabilities,” he added.
However, Minister of Finance Vladislav Goranov has already announced that the Cabinet is ready to pay for the aircraft at once.
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Tranclator editor: Monika Evgenieva