Because of again post-Soviet military aircraft fleet, Bulgaria is now seeking possibilities to its replacement. New fighter jet will be selected before end of July next year. There are few strong competitors like Lockheed Martin’s F-16, Saab’s JAS 39 Gripen, Eurofighter Typhoon and among them is also Boeing and its F/A-18 Super Hornet.
According to the country’s defense minister Bulgaria will request an offer from Boeing for its F/A-18 Super Hornet aircraft.
The planned contract for new multirole fighter is estimated to be worth some 1.5 billion levs (U.S. $890.9 million). If Bulgarian Ministry of Defence will decide to select the Super Hornet, the country would become the aircraft’s first operator in Eastern Europe. Currently in Europe the F-18 aircraft (in various versions) is used by air forces of Spain, Switzerland and Finland.
The F/A-18 Super Hornet is a twin-engine, supersonic, all weather multirole fighter jet that is capable of landing and taking off from an aircraft carrier. According to Boeing statement, every super Hornet to this day has been delivered on cost and on schedule. Two versions of the F/A-18 Super Hornet are being produced, the single-seat E model and the two-seat F model.
Author: Daniel Kasprzycki
Source: Adamowski J., Super Hornet could be chosen as Bulgaria’s next fighter jet by July, https://www.defensenews.com
Photo: An F/A-18E Super Hornet prepares to land on the flight deck aboard the U.S. Navy aircraft carrier Theodore Roosevelt. (MC3 Alex Corona/U.S. Navy)