Bulgaria Seeks to Buy 9 to 10 Fighter Jets - President

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Bulgaria: Bulgaria Seeks to Buy 9 to 10 Fighter Jets - President Bulgarian President Rosen Plevneliev. Photo by BGNES

Bulgaria needs to buy nine or ten fighter jets, President Rosen Plevneliev said Monday.

Plevneliev, who spoke on the occasion of the country’s Day of Army Valor, noted that Bulgarian experts have done a thorough research ahead of the anticipated purchase of fighter jets.

Bulgaria will enter the final phase of the initial preparation for the purchase within a month, the President said.

He noted that the next Parliament and government will have the final word on the deal.
“I want all figures to be made public and available for debate in Parliament,” Plevneliev pointed out, arguing that the public procurement deal should be transparent.

Unofficial information cited in the Bulgarian press recently said that Bulgaria was likely to buy nine third-hand F-16 fighter jets from Portugal.

After the center-right Cabinet of former PM Boyko Borisov declared ambitious plans in 2009-2010, in 2011, Bulgaria's purchase of new jet fighters for its outdated air force became ever more remote, after in October 2012 Bulgaria's Defense Ministry admitted it would not be starting the tender in 2012, as it planned.

The delay was caused by the fact that instead of receiving a budget equaling 1.5% of the GDP in 2012, the Defense Ministry's total funding will amount to only 1.2% of the GDP.
Borisov’s Cabinet resigned amid massive protests against corruption and poverty in February, prompting Plevneliev to adjourn the Parliament, appoint a caretaker Cabinet and schedule snap elections for May 12.

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» To the forumComments (8)
burning spear - 8 May 2013 // 10:54:46

agh it is just for this 'interim' government to get some backhanders from teh arms dealers - plus ca change plus c'est la meme chose

Chushki - 7 May 2013 // 21:59:42

Yane, you're wrong - after year on year increases since 2003, there was a 30% drop in Greek defense spending in 2010 & 2011

2003 US$ 7.4bn
2004 US$ 8.1bn
2005 US$ 8.8bn
2006 US$ 9.1bn
2007 US$ 9.1bn
2008 US$ 10.1bn
2009 US$ 10.6bn
2010 US$ 7.2bn
2011 US$ 7.5bn


Yane - 7 May 2013 // 21:19:31

Not Greece, their defense budget hasn't gone down but up.

Last time they had an economic crisis and cut down on defense, Turkey invaded and took half of Cyprus. Today islamists are in power and target a neighboring country, Syria, it's not a good time to cut down on defense, well, no time is good to cut down on defense.

Chushki - 7 May 2013 // 15:43:35

Of course BG has a choice - NATO members regularly adjust their committed defense spend based on local economic circumstances - Greece, Italy and Spain are three examples.

Mat - 7 May 2013 // 11:54:53

He doesn't really have a choice - Bulgaria is in NATO and has mutual defence obligations because of that. NATO tells Bulgaria what they need to buy and the country just has to buy it. Of course the question is more whether a treaty organisation designed to fight a war that will never happen remains relevant....

Tania OZ - 7 May 2013 // 04:49:37

I would love to wipe that silly little schoolboy smirk off Plevneliev's face.

We cannot afford to be wasting money on fighter jets and that is definitely not a priority; spend the money on USEFUL projects. The country has crumbled to its knees and these stupid politicians and The Pres talk rubbish. Fighter jets and shopping malls will do nothing to improve the quality of life for anyone. Wake up and get real.

Chushki - 7 May 2013 // 03:28:41

Is Plevneliev completely ignorant to what the electorate and protestors have been demanding? The country needs investment in jobs and infrastructure projects at this moment in time, NOT 9 fighter jets.

Sofianits - 6 May 2013 // 18:35:48

Any country which buys F-16s is known to be a geopolitical captive of the United States. In fact, that is how you identify them.

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