Bulgarian air defense.
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-