Bulgaria decides to start talks with US on F-16 jet deal
The decision still requires parliament's approval. The deal for Lockheed Martin's F-16V Block 70 would be worth around 1.8 billion levs (£827 million), Bulgaria's biggest military procurement since the fall of Communist rule some 30 years ago.
Other bidders had included Sweden, with Saab's Gripen jets, and Italy, with second-hand Eurofighters. ■