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F910 Wielingen(click to view full) “Bulgaria Orders 4 Gowind-200 Frigates from DCNS” seemed to herald both a EUR 900 million order and a new shipbuilding center for DCNS. Despite promises of 100% industrial offsets to the Varna shipyard, and a price that was reportedly lowered to EUR 780 million, Bulgaria’s defence minister Vesselin Bliznakov recently announced that Bulgaria’s government could not afford the deal. Instead, Bulgaria will buy 3 upgraded ships from Belgium for only EUR 54 million, payable over 8 years. The ships are 2 frigates (almost certainly the Wielingen and the Westdiep, both commissioned in January 1978), and a minesweeper of the Tripartite Class. “The ships are in a good state and fitted out according to NATO Standard” said Bliznakov, who has the difficult job of overseeing force modernization to NATO standards in a relatively poor country, even if it is one of the only NATO countries to spend above 2% of GDP on defense. The saved funds will apparently be diverted to other platform modernization efforts, and the first frigate is scheduled to be delivered in the summer of 2008. Sofia News Agency | Gazet Van Antwerpen | DID thanks our intrepid Benelux reader David Vandenberghe for […]

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