Bulgaria has announced a $680 million program to upgrade its weapons in an effort to minimize its dependency on Russia by 2020.
Defense Minister Velizar Shalamanov said that the ministry aims to ensure that Bulgaria’s defense industry takes part in the designed program.
According to local reports, the most important military procurements in the coming years will include acquisition of new multipurpose fighter jets by the Bulgarian Air Force. Currently, all fighter jets operated by Bulgaria are Russia-built. These include the MiG-21, MiG-29 and the Sukhoi Su-25.
Other major armament programs in the pipeline include acquisition of a new submarine and an undisclosed number of new vessels for the Navy, according to the minister.
Shalamanov said the ministry is aiming to draft a program that will enable the government to boost military expenditure to 2 percent of the country’s gross domestic product (GDP). Currently, Bulgaria is spending about 1.3 percent of its GDP on national defense, according to Defense News.
The Bulgarian government will decide on the future of the project for buying new fighter planes for the air forces in June, said Defense Minister Angel Naydenov. During the opening of the defense exhibition “Hemus” in Plovdiv on Wednesday, Naydenov said that in the next 30 days the Government will decide whether it will buy new type of fighter jets, or will renovate the old MiG-29s, reports Sega daily
The Bulgarian Defense Ministry has decided to acquire expensive third-hand F-16s from Portugal, according to the Bulgarian media reports. The Bulgarian government will pay approximately BGN 700 M for nine F-16s Block 15 to Portugal even though in 1999 Portugal paid twice less – BGN 268 M – to the US government for 25 second-hand F-16 planes, the Bulgarian daily Sega reported Thursday
In February 2012 defence and security company Saab was awarded a contract for the Deployable Instrumented Training System (DITS) for the Bulgarian Army under a Foreign Military Fund (FMF) contract by the Foreign Military Sales (FMS) program of the U.S
Alenia Aeronautica and Bulgaria’s Defence Minister, Anyu Angelov, have signed, a few days ago, a framework agreement defining the procedures for the supply of logistic support services to the C-27J fleet of the Bulgarian Air Force, for a ten-year period, thus strengthening even more the relationship between Alenia Aeronautica and the Bulgarian customer. Within the agreement, a first contract has been signed for the supply of logistic support services, for a five-year period, worth totally 25 million euro
Plasan, a global leader in survivability and combat-proven armor solutions for vehicles, airborne platforms and personal protection, announces the delivery of 25 SandCat vehicles in cooperation with Oshkosh Defense, for the Bulgarian Ministry of Defense. Plasan was awarded this contract December 2008
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Bulgaria's military will stop using three dozen of its Russian-made fighter jets and bombers to reassert its independence from Moscow, the defense minister, Velizar Shalamanov said, Bulgaria's Trud newspaper reported Monday. The military will present a list of new airplanes to replace 15 MiG-29 and six MiG-21 fighters and 14 Sukhoi Su-25 bombers within six months, the report said
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