Bulgaria finally made a deal with Poland for the maintenance and repair of its Soviet-made Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-29s, to keep the air-defence fighter fleet airborne. We reported on the agreement already in February this year.
According to Bulgarian and Polish sources the deal includes a look at the engines. However, fancy upgrades like on the Polish Air Force MiG-29s with a full structural overhaul, a multi-function display, GPS navigation, new radios, a new mission computer and a digital video recorder are not included.
The Bulgarian Air Force has 12 MiG-29S and 3 MiG-29UB on strength, but the country is coping with keeping them airworthy and meeting NATO demands to protect national airspace.
© 2015 Airheadsfly.com editor Marcel Burger
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)