A maintenance and possible upgrade deal with Poland for 12 Bulgarian Air Force Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-29S and 3 MiG-29UB (NATO-name Fulcrum) air-defence fighters is expected soon. The Defence ministers of both countries might even have talked about it this week, during an informal meeting of with all their European Union’s colleagues.
Polish Tomasz Siemoniak was already saying in advance that his country is ready to make things happen for the Bulgarian Air Force, which has some trouble to cope with the NATO demands like Airheadsfly.com reported last November.
Polish aviation plant Wojskowe Zaklady Lotnicze No. 2 and Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) succesfully upgraded many of the Polish Air Force MiG-29s, with structural overhaul, a multi-function display, GPS navigation, new radios, a new mission computer and a digital video recorder.
With Russia’s increasing air activity from the taken airbases of the Crimean peninsula – like Belbek – the need for a Bulgarian air defence force that is relatively up-to-date with good operational levels is practically mandatory. The 2nd Fighter Squadron at Graf Ignatievo is there to to keep the country safe, but its MiG-29s need to quite some technical attention in order to enable the unit to perform.
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Featured image: A Bulgarian Air Force MiG-29UM takes off for a combat training mission during exercise Rodopi Javelin 2007 at Graf Ignattevo Airbase, Bulgariaon 17 October 2007. (Image © Staff Sgt. Michael R. Holzworth / USAF)