Bulgaria Receives Eurofighter, Gripen and F-16 Offers for MiG-29 Replacement

Italian AF 36 Stormo Eurofighter F-2000A MM7280/36-30 at the Nancy Airshow (2014) - Werner Munzenmaier - www.aviationphotocompany.com

The Bulgarian Ministry of Defense announced on March 13, 2017 that they had received three bids to fulfill their MiG-29 replacement program.

The three aircraft offered were new build SAAB JAS-39 Gripens, second hand Italian EF-2000 Eurofighters and stored Portuguese Air Force F-16AMs (these were in turn received from surplus USAF stock).

The Bulgarian Air Force has a requirement for eight new aircraft to replace the MiG-29s currently in service. It is thought unlikely that a decision will be made before general elections in the country are held on March 26.