Bulgaria has received offers from three countries as it looks to replace its Warsaw Pact-era fighter aircraft, the Ministry of Defence (MoD) announced on 1 October.
Italy has responded with an offer to deliver used Eurofighter Typhoons; Sweden has said it will offer new-build Saab Gripens (previously reported to be the C/D variants); while the US has said it will offer both the Boeing F/A-18E/F Super Hornet and Lockheed Martin F-16V Fighting Falcon as new-build solutions. France, Germany, Israel, and Portugal did not respond to requests for information on the Dassault Rafale, Typhoon, and used F-16s.
According to national media, the bids will now be evaluated before a platform is selected. While no timeline was announced, the Defence Minister Krassimir Karakachanov was quoted by Bulgaria radio as saying he wants this process to be “fast”.
Bulgaria is looking to replace 12 MiG-29 ‘Fulcrum’ fighters (of which only about four are thought to be serviceable) it has fielded since 1988.
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