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Caretaker government will not buy military jets, just collects bids

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In relation to information that emerged in Bulgarian media that the caretaker government will purchase Grippen aircraft from Sweden, Defense Minister Dimitar Stoyanov said at a briefing that the caretaker government will not purchase aircraft. It was just collecting offers as the goal is to present these offers to the National Assembly in order to make an informed decision about the future of military aviation in Bulgaria.

Four countries have been invited to submit offers for second-hand aircraft - Sweden, France, Israel and the USA. At the moment, answers have been received and working meetings have been held with France and Sweden, the minister pointed out.

He recalled that back in August he stated that Bulgaria's fighter aviation was in an extremely difficult situation. According to him, after receiving the offers, they will be analyzed and presented to the National Assembly and only after its approval will negotiations be conducted on a specific contract.

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