Bulgaria Govt to Meet on Fighter Jets Issue behind Closed Doors

Politics » DEFENSE | June 24, 2015, Wednesday // 15:15
Bulgaria: Bulgaria Govt to Meet on Fighter Jets Issue behind Closed Doors Photo by BGNES

A closed-door session of Bulgaria's government is due in the next few days over the prospective acquisition of multirole fighters.

Jule 30 recently turned into a self-imposed deadline for ministers to specify whether Bulgaria will purchase second-hand jets (second-hand F-16s or used Eurofighters) or newly built aircraft (Swedish-built Gripens).

A final decision has been expected for years since several successive cash-strapped governments have failed to set money aside.

Russian MiGs currently on service will not be operational after mid-2016, and some will need urgent maintenance as early as September of this year Defense Minister Nikolay Nenchev has refused to renew a contract with the Russian company that refurbishes them.

Daily Sega has reported that the government is expected to hand out to Nenchev and Foreign Minister Daniel Mitov a mandate to carry out negotiations with NATO on having air-policing missions from other states until the new aircraft are acquired.

Otherwise the Bulgarian Air Forces will be lacking jets to patrol over the country's air space.

No country from the alliance, however, is keen on performing flights over Bulgaria as it is not clear how much time its services will be needed, Sega writes.

As many as BGN 1.5 B are likely to be put aside in terms of budget funding.

We need your support so Novinite.com can keep delivering news and information about Bulgaria! Thank you!

Defense » Be a reporter: Write and send your article
Tags: Nikolay Nenchev, Daniel Mitov, F-16, Eurofighters, Bulgaria, Gripen
Advertisement
Advertisement
Expats.bg All Are Welcome! Join Now!
Bulgaria news Novinite.com (Sofia News Agency - www.sofianewsagency.com) is unique with being a real time news provider in English that informs its readers about the latest Bulgarian news. The editorial staff also publishes a daily online newspaper "Sofia Morning News." Novinite.com (Sofia News Agency - www.sofianewsagency.com) and Sofia Morning News publish the latest economic, political and cultural news that take place in Bulgaria. Foreign media analysis on Bulgaria and World News in Brief are also part of the web site and the online newspaper. News Bulgaria