Waiving Gripen Lease Option, Bulgaria Looks for Portuguese F-16s


After being one of the prospects for European fighter manufacturers in recent years Bulgaria has recently decided to but used F-16s from Portuguese Air Force surplus to equip its air force, thus delaying a major investment in its air force. Press reports criticizing the decision claim the Bulgarian MOD will pay Sofia will  over 470 million for the nine F-15 Block 15 fighters, an amount that sounds unrealistic, yet following the example set by the Government of Taiwan, it could be possible, if those planes will be equipped with the new systems the Taiwanese Falcons will get.