Leonardo announced on 8 October that Italy has submitted a formal offer to the Bulgarian Ministry of Defence (MoD) in response to the Request for Proposal regarding the acquisition of eight new aircraft to replace the Bulgarian Air Force’s ageing fleet of MiG-29s.

The Italian offer, submitted on 1 October, is based on the supply of Tranche 1 Eurofighter TYPHOONs from the Italian Air Force, but also includes an 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.

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,” commented the Managing Director of Leonardo’s Aircraft Division, Lucio Valerio Cioffi.

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 foreseeable future, and will likely be a central pillar of any European future combat air system.

The selection of TYPHOON by the Bulgarian MoD would also enable the country and its industrial base to benefit from the opportunities offered by joining such a proven programme. With 623 aircraft ordered, Eurofighter TYPHOON is the largest military procurement programme in Europe and is a technology driver for the European aerospace industry that offers huge opportunities for industrial participation, securing more than 100,000 jobs across 400 European companies.

TYPHOON operating alongside a Bulgarian Air Force MiG-29 out of Graf Ignatievo Air Base. (Photo via Leonardo)

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