Bulgaria will not rush the procurement of a new fighter for its air force and will only buy a new-build aircraft if it can be paid over a longer period of time than initially envisaged, Defence Minister Krasimir Karakachanov said in an interview with Bulgarian bTV on 5 October. He added that the nation should invest in the general overhaul and modernization of its existing MiG-29 and Su-25 jets.
After the interview, the Bulgarian National Assembly voted 126 to 59, with four abstentions, to approve a report by a special ad hoc parliamentary committee recommending the re-opening of the tender for a new fighter for the Bulgarian Air Force.
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