Bulgaria considers fighter jet purchase from Portugal, US

 

SOFIA, Bulgaria (AP) — Bulgaria has renewed efforts to choose a supplier of eight fighter jets by March to replace its old Russian-built aircraft and bring its air force in line with NATO standards.

Defense Minister Anyo Angelov said Wednesday that talks will be held with countries that have or produce fighter jets, such as the U.S., Germany, Portugal, Italy, Israel and Sweden.

He also said that no financial threshold has been imposed “to allow flexible negotiations” and that no open competition will be held to retain the option of buying secondhand aircraft.

Local media suggested that Bulgaria was considering buying secondhand F-16s from Portugal or the U.S., or new Saab AB Gripen jets from Sweden.

Earlier, the ministry had said that about €350 million was needed for the purchase.

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