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Bulgarian Navy takes delivery of first Panther

10th October 2011 - 11:45 GMT | by Tony Osborne

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The Bulgarian Navy has finally taken delivery of its first Eurocopter AS565 Panther following protracted negotiations between the government and the manufacturer.

The aircraft was handed over in a ceremony at the naval air station at Varna on 9 October and is the first of three Panthers, the remaining two of which will be delivered before the end of the year.

The Bulgarian Navy had originally ordered six Panther helicopters to replace seven Mi-14s currently in use but financial issues and what have been described as controversial supply contract provisions in the Bulgarian press, forced the government to renegotiate the

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Tony Osborne

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Tony was deputy editor of Defence Helicopter and Rotorhub magazines before joining Aviation Week in …

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