SOFIA, (BM) – The Bulgarian Parliament approved today [July 19] the F-16`s purchase for modernization of the Bulgarian Air Force, learned BulgarianMilitary.com.
The purchase`s value is $1,25Bn and the money will be paid out at once.
Last week, the government approved a deal to acquire eight new US F-16 fighter jets for USD 1.25 billion. The Cabinet adopted a report signed by 4 ministers and mandated the defence minister to sign four contracts concerning the purchase of F-16 Block 70 aircraft with additional equipment, ammunition, air-to-air missiles, and a visualisation, monitoring and management system.
Six single-seat and two two-seat F-16s would be delivered by 2023. The price also includes ground equipment and personnel training.
BulgarianMilitary.com recalls that the US Congress has allowed the sale of F-16 fighter aircrafts to our country. It has been approved the buying of a complete package for eight multirole fighter aircrafts. The approved amount has an upper limit of up to BGN 2.9 billion, and the Bulgarian parliament has passed a budget of BGN 1.8 billion including VAT.
“This is a very good package deal. The maximum price announced in the final contract will not be like that and will be relatively lower. This gives a chance for the subsequent purchase of additional armaments, modernization, etc.,“ Gen. Sabi Sabev explained.
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