Bul­gar­ian air de­fense.

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Bul­garia has re­ceived of­fers from Italy, Swe­den and Por­tu­gal to sup­ply eight new or sec­ond­hand fighter jets as the Balkan coun­try seeks to re­place its ag­ing Soviet-de­signed MiG-29 fight­ers, the De­fense Min­istry in Sofia said yes­ter­day. Bul­garia plans to spend about 1.5 bil­lion levs (770 mil­lion eu­ros) to buy new air­craft to im­prove com­pli­ance with NATO stan­dards while re­duc­ing reliance on Rus­sian-made air­craft. A special work­ing group will choose be­tween new Gripen jets from Swe­den’s SAAB and sec­ond­hand US F-16s from Por­tu­gal, equipped with US weaponry. An­other op­tion is to buy sec­ond­hand Eurofighter Typhoon fight­ers from Italy. “Of-

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