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Eurosatory 2018: Bulgarian 8x8 competition to be launched soon

4th June 2018 - 13:00 GMT | by Alexander Mladenov, Krassimir Grozev in Plovdiv

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With the Bulgarian government busily preparing to launch a competitive procurement for new armoured vehicles, aspiring manufacturers showcased their products at the recent HEMUS defence and security exhibition held in Plovdiv.

Plans to purchase 150 armoured vehicles – including 90 wheeled IFVs and 60 support vehicles - was approved by the Sofia government on 16 May, which allocated a budget of Bulgarian Lev 1.020 billion ($609 million).

The new armoured vehicles are to be used for equipping three battalion battle groups, which are component units of a mechanised brigade.

Speaking at the opening ceremony of HEMUS, Bulgaria’s minister of defence

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Alexander Mladenov

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Alexander Mladenov is a Shephard correspondent based in Sofia, Bulgaria.

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Krassimir Grozev

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Krassimir is a journalist based in Sofia, Bulgaria

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