Norwegian F-16A over the Balkans
Bulgarian Prime Minister Boyko Borisov says U.S. F-16 fighter jets are the best choice to replace the Balkan NATO member’s aging fleet of Soviet-designed MiG-29s, reports RFERL.
“From what I have heard from the pilots, a new F-16 is a significantly better aircraft than all the rest that are on offer,” said the Bulgarian leader.
The Trump administration has placed the sale of American products, where defense equipment figures prominently, as a major part of its ‘America First’ program.
“Lockheed Martin has made what I think is a very attractive proposal [to Bulgaria] for the sale of fighter aircraft that other NATO allies have purchased that would make those aircraft, if purchased here, interoperable with those NATO partners,” said U.S. Deputy Secretary of State John Sullivan.