Poland: We do not need permission from Russia to modernise Bulgarian MiG jet fighters

Poland does not need permission from Russia to modernise the Bulgarian Air Force’s MiG-29 jet fighters because it is a matter of extending the flight resource of engines rather than repairing them, according to the Polish military aviation plants that will work on the fighter jets.

After the expiry of a costly contract with Russia to maintain the Soviet-made MiG-29s, Bulgaria’s current centre-right government, in office since November 2014, has said it will shift the business to Poland, in a move that the Bulgarian government says will save considerable sums of money.

Furthermore, Poland alone produces most of the spare parts needed for modernisation, the Polish plant said.

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(Bulgarian Air Force MiG-29. Photo: Krasimir Grozev)