The Bulgarian Ministry of Defence (MoD) has delayed the competitive procurement of 150 new wheeled armoured vehicles to equip three battalion-size battlegroups for a mechanised brigade.
The delay was apparently caused by the MoD’s failure to complete the technical specifications because of a continuing lack of clarity regarding some important design parameters.
A request for proposals originally planned for the end of 2018 was never issued. Bulgarian Defence Minister Krasimir Karakachanov told reporters on 6 February that much work had to be done by his ministry on the armoured vehicle tender paperwork and that it would have taken a serious effort for the tender to be launched by the end of the year.
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