Italy and defence firm Leonardo have submitted their offer to the Bulgarian Ministry of Defence in response to the recent Request for Proposal for the acquisition of eight fighter aircraft to replace their ageing fleet.
The offer is based on the supply to the Bulgarian Air Force of Tranche 1 Typhoons from the Italian Air Force and includes also the option for the delivery of newly built aircraft as requested by Bulgaria. The proposal covers aircraft acquisition as well as training, three years in service support and weapons say Eurofighter.
Lucio Valerio Cioffi, Leonardo’s Aircraft Division Managing Director, said in a statement:
“I believe that Eurofighter Typhoon can provide a cost effective and attractive solution for Bulgaria, delivering every capability and performing every mission the Bulgarian Air Force needs. The Eurofighter has already demonstrated its outstanding capabilities while performing Air Policing activities in 2017 from Graf Ignatievo Air Force Base. We are ready to support the Bulgarian Air Force with newly built aircraft or with the Tranche 1 Eurofighters of the Italian Air Force.”
Eurofighter said in a statement about the bid:
“Eurofighter Typhoon is the biggest and most successful defence collaboration project ever undertaken in Europe. It is and will remain the backbone of NATO’s European air defence for the next decades and will be a central pillar of any European future combat air system.”
With 623 aircraft ordered, Eurofighter Typhoon is the largest military procurement programme in Europe.