A 50 million levs ($30.2 million/25.6 million euro) project for the acquisition of new armoured vehicles of various classes for the needs of Bulgaria's special operations forces has been approved, defence minister Krasimir Karakachanov said.
The armoured vehicles will be built in Bulgaria, Karakachanov said in a press release on Sunday.
According to local business news outlet Capital.bg, the project envisages the purchase of between 50 and 100 armoured vehicles, to be delivered in the period 2021-2023.
The ministry intends to hold direct talks with local company Samarm instead of launching a tender for awarding the contract in order to ensure there will be no delays due to potential complaints by unsuccessful candidates, Capital.bg said.
Earlier this month, the defence ministry said that it opened the price offers of the two bidders in its tender for the purchase of 150 armoured vehicles for the Bulgarian land forces for an estimated 1.46 billion levs. An interdepartmental working group is due to evaluate the price offers of Finland's Patria and US-based General Dynamics, the defence ministry said at the time.