Bulgarian Govt Asks Parl to Endorse Buy of New Fighter Jets, Armoured Vehicles

Bulgarian Govt Asks Parl to Endorse Buy of New Fighter Jets, Armoured Vehicles

Bulgaria's government said on Wednesday it decided to ask parliament to approve the expenses related to the planned acquisition of a total of 16 fighter jets in two stages and 150 armoured vehicles.The first stage of the project for the purchase of fighter jets envisages the acquisition of no less than eight aircraft for a total of some 1.8 billion levs ($1.1 billion/ 920.3 million euro), which have already been provided for in the state budget, the government said in a statement following a weekly session.The first stage also envisages the providing of integrated logistics support for a three-year period, training and training equipment, as well as ground support equipment.In 2016, Bulgaria launched a tender for acquisition of a new type of combat aircraft to replace the ageing fleet of Russian-made MiG-29 fighter jets of the country's Air Force.

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