The Swedish Defence Materiel Administration (FMV) has submitted its Gripen proposal to the Bulgarian Ministry of Defence. The offer consists of eight new fully NATO-interoperable Gripen C/D fighter aircraft to equip the Bulgarian Air Force. Four out of these eight Gripen fighters with the latest MS20 configuration will be delivered within two years of signing a contract. Training of the pilots and technicians with full QRA capability will also be included within the budget framework.
“The Swedish offer meets the requirements of the Bulgarian government regarding budget, delivery schedule and capabilities of the new aircraft,” says Joakim Wallin, Director Export and International Relations, Swedish Defence Materiel Administration.
As a part of Saab's offer, two fully equipped hangars will be built at the Graf Ignatievo airbase. There will be a regional fighter support center as well which promises creation of new jobs.
Bulgaria is currently deciding which fighter plane to zero-in on, and has so far, three options- Saab's Gripen, Lockheed Martin's F16, and secondhand Eurofighters from Italy. After being analysed by the first level of expert group, the bids are currently being evaluated by a political military commission.
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