The Bulgarian government decided on 6 November to purchase two used Tripartite-class minehunters from the Netherlands for nearly EUR2 million (USD2.2 million). The decision authorises Bulgarian Defence Minister Krasimir Karakachanov to sign the intergovernmental purchase agreement for the minehunters.
The government decision also says the purchase is of vital importance for improving Bulgarian counter-mine capabilities to meet its commitments to NATO and the EU.
The procurement of the used minehunters was announced publicly for the first time in September, when Bulgarian Deputy Defence Minister Anatoly Velichkov said that the overall project would be valued at EUR3.5 million, with the amount above the purchase price to be spent on new equipment for the vessels.
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