MOSCOW (Sputnik) — Bulgaria’s Defense Ministry needs 12 MiG-29A jets and three MiG-29UB trainers to be repaired, the Kommersant newspaper said.
Soviet-made MiGs amount to a huge part of Bulgaria's combat aircraft fleet. Their replacement with newer NATO-compatible fighter jets has been on the agenda of the country's authorities over the past decade.
In February, media reported that Sofia had signed a deal with Russian aircraft company MiG to repair its aircraft citing the company's Director General Ilya Tarasenko. However, the Bulgarian Defense Ministry has denied this information.