PanEuropean Eurofighter Typhoon, Sweden’s Gripen and Portugal’s second hand F-16 are competing for over US$1.7 billion Bulgarian plan to buy eight fighter jets.
Bulgaria intends to replace ageing Soviet-designed MiG-29 fighters. "Bulgaria plans to spend about 1.5 billion levs (£669.10 million) to buy new aircraft to improve compliance with NATO standards while reducing reliance on Russian-made aircraft.
"Offers from Portugal with a logistical package from the United States, Sweden and Italy have been opened at the Defence Ministry," the ministry said in a statement.
Bulgaria's parliament approved a plan in June to get eight new or secondhand fighter jets between 2018-2020. Some funds for the deal have been set aside in the 2017 budget.