US Approves F-16 Sale to Bulgaria

The US State Department approved a prospective foreign military sale of F-16 C/D Block 70 aircraft and related equipment to the Government of Bulgaria for an estimated cost of $1.673 billion.

The Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) submitted the required certification to Congress today, informing them of the potential sale. 

According to the statement released by the DSCA, the Bulgarian government has sought the purchase of four (4) F-16 C Block 70 aircraft, four (4) F-16 D Block 70 aircraft, and four (4) F-16 E Block 70 aircraft among other equipment.

Deliveries of missiles, radios, guidance units, ammunition, helmet-mounted displays, test and support equipment, and logistical assistance are also included in the prospective sale.

“The acquisition of these aircraft would provide Bulgaria a NATO interoperable platform and allow the Bulgarian Air Force to operate more frequently alongside other regional F-16 operators, promoting common doctrine and operations,” said the DSCA in their statement.

The main contractor of the sale will be Lockheed Martin, located in Greenville, South Carolina.

The DSCA also iterated their confidence in their military by expressing that “There will be no adverse impact on U.S. defense readiness as a result of this proposed sale.”

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