The Bulgarian government has approved a plan to start talks with the United States on buying eight new F-16 fighter jets to replace its aging MiG-29s and improve compliance with NATO standards, the defense minister said on Wednesday, according to Reuters.
A deal for Lockheed Martin’s F-16V Block 70 would be worth around $1.1 billion, Bulgaria’s biggest military procurement since the fall of Communist rule some 30 years ago, the report adds.
Last year, Israel offered upgraded F-16 fighters to Bulgaria. However, the US has apparently managed to move aside the Israeli proposal. Will we see the same move in Croatia as well?