'Bulgaria May Go Polish Route to MiG Modernization'
Bulgaria might opt to send its old MiG-29s to Poland for refurbishment, a defense news website has suggested.
In a text on Bulgaria, Defense Industry Daily points to the fact that carrying out hardware updates of MiGs in Russia is "awkward" nowadays for Eastern Europe with NATO's moves in the region.
It reminds that in 2011 Poland used its own state-owned Wojskowe Zaklady Lotnicze facility in Bydgoszcz to start processing 16 of its MiG 29s, in a move aimed at getting a squadron in the air until 2030.
"So it makes perfect sense that Bulgaria would think about contracting with Poland's WZL to refit," the website notes. It points out that Sofia, " aside from the awkwardness and the very real threat of sending their hens to be repaired by the fox, understands the inherent problems in dealing with Russian service providers."
At the same time the text hypothesizes that Defense Minister Nikolay Nenchev's move to discuss acquisition and repair options on TV "could be a negotiating ploy to get a better deal with the Russians' RSK MiG, whose maintenance contract runs out in September."
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