Bulgaria orders two multi-role patrol ships from Germany
Bulgaria has contracted the German shipyard Luerssen to build 984 million levs ($593 million) of two multi-role patrol ships for its navy, Defence Minister Krasimir Karakachanov announced.
The Black Sea country is trying to replace the new vessels with its three aging Soviet-made patrol vessels and strengthen its compliance with NATO requirements.
Luerssen won the contract in a tender over Italy's Fincantieri.
"With this project, we are making the right step towards modernizing our navy," Defence Minister Krasimir Karakachanov stated.
Both patrol ships will be constructed in Bulgaria and are scheduled to be ready in 2025 and 2026 respectively.
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