Bulgaria orders 8 F16Vs from Lockheed-Martin

The Bulgarian Ministry of Defense announced that it had signed the contract for the acquisition of 8 F16Vs to replace its Mig29s inherited from the Warsaw Pact, for a total amount of $1,26 billion. It therefore seems that the American manufacturer was able to find the arguments to convince Sofia, while the Minister of Defense Krassimir Karakatchanov estimated a few weeks ago that the tariff conditions granted to his country were far below of those proposed to other NATO members, citing Slovakia which acquired 14 F16V for $1,6 billion.

As always, the decision was not made on the price of the equipment, very much overvalued since bringing the price of the F16V and its equipment to the price of an equivalent offer of Rafale and even Typhoon, but on the amount of American aid granted within the framework of the ERIP program intended to support European countries to replace their equipment from the Soviet period. This amount has not yet been communicated, but given the amount of the Bulgarian bill, it should be between $400 and $500 million. Knowing full well that this contract will bring the federal government between $900 and $1200 million over the first 10 years of its execution, the American government has no difficulty in supporting its offers in this way, so as to guarantee control over a growing number of European countries in terms of Defense.

Remember that each year, the countries of the European Union import more than $60 billion worth of defense equipment from the United States, while it only exports $7 to $8 billion in return. In fact, the $7 billion which goes into the support fund for the Defense of Europe, partly financing the deployments, and partly the equipment of the allies, is very largely offset by the approximately $45 billion in budgetary revenues generated. by the customer…

As long as Europeans in general, France in particular, do not put themselves on equal terms with the United States in this area, we should not be surprised to see European defense contracts fall one after the other into the Washington's purse.

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