is a French twin-engine, canard delta wing, multirole fighter aircraft designed and built by Dassault Aviation.
For a contract that could amount to as much as $15 billion for the winner, Lockheed's offering will go up against Boeing's F/A-18E/F Super Hornet, the Gripen offered by Saab of Sweden, the Dassault Rafale
, the Eurofighter Typhoon and an as yet unknown offering from Russia.
Six fighter-craft Boeing F/A-18 E/F Super Hornet, Dassault Rafale
, Eurofighter Typhoon, Lockheed Martin F 16 Fighter, Mikoyan MiG-35 and Saab JAS 39 Gripen took part in this contest.
Some 1.8 billion leva (NIS 3.8 billion) will cover the cost of the fighter jets which would be acquired by Sofia in two stages of eight each, as well as ground handling, training and logistical support.Other countries bidding for the defense contract include the United States (F-16 and F/A-18 Super Hornet), Portugal (F-16), Italy (Eurofighter Tranche 1), Germany (Eurofighter 3 Tranche), France (Dassault Rafale
) and Sweden (Gripen C/D).Israel and Bulgaria have a close relationship, and have held joint air force drills since 2012.
Caption: A French Dassault Rafale
M Fighter touches down on the flight deck aboard the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Harry S.
France also had its share, signing a deal for 24 Dassault Rafale
fighter jets on the opening day of the Doha International Maritime Defense Exhibition and Conference, Defense News magazine reported.
The Dassault Rafale
is now the most modern aircraft operated by the Egyptian Air Force, despite its fleet of modernised American F-16 fighter jets.
Qatar said on Thursday it would buy 12 Dassault Rafale
fighter jets from the French aviation company in a deal worth $1bn.
(File photo by Reuters) CAIRO: Egypt's purchase of 12 Dassault Rafale
fighter jets from France looks to be going ahead, allaying Cairo's fears that the French Ministry for the Economy and Finance (Bercy) would block the deal.
Military might on display will include SU35, Dassault Rafale
, the Taqnia/Antonov AN-132, the IOMAX S2R-T660 Archangel and a PAC JF-17 Thunder.
The French Dassault Rafale
has already offered Canada to build them right here in Canada by Canadians and share technology, etc.