U.S. approves potential sale of F-16 aircraft to Bulgaria

U.S. approves potential sale of F-16 aircraft to Bulgaria
# 05 April 2022 10:04 (UTC +04:00)

The U.S. State Department has approved the potential sale of up to eight F-16 aircraft and related equipment to Bulgaria, in a deal valued at $1.673 billion, the Defense Department said on Monday, APA reports citing Reuters.

The principal contractor will be Lockheed Martin, the Pentagon said.

U.S. officials said the sale agreement was not directly related to Russia's month-long invasion of Ukraine, which prompted the Kyiv government to ask that countries that have Russian-made MiG aircraft - including Bulgaria - to turn them over for use in the fight against Russian forces.

As a former part of the Soviet bloc, Ukraine's pilots are already trained on MiG aircraft, so could use them without any delay for training.

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