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Gripen C/D fighter jet (Image: Saab)

The Swedish Defence Material Administration has offered eight new fully NATO-interoperable Gripen C/D fighter aircraft as part of the proposal to equip the Bulgarian Air Force.

The Swedish offer consists of eight new NATO interoperable Gripen aircraft with the latest MS20 configuration, which can be delivered to the Bulgarian Air Force within a short time period, with the first aircraft delivered within 24 months of contract signature. Training of pilots and technicians is included and with the offer full QRA capability will be achieved within the budget framework, Saab said in a statement Wednesday.

“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 Material Administration.

“When Bulgaria selects Gripen, Saab and Sweden are ready to co-operate with the Bulgarian defense industry in areas such as aircraft maintenance, transferring important know-how to the country that would help to sustain and create skilled jobs”, said Jonas Hjelm, Senior Vice President and head of Saab business area Aeronautics.

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