“Russians support NATO aviation”: Bulgarians on the upcoming repair of their MiGs


The Bulgarian Air Force continues to experience difficulties with the operation of the old MiG-29s, although the government has signed a framework agreement for their maintenance with the Russian MiG corporation for more than 3,2 billion rubles. In total, for the period from 2006 to 2020. Bulgaria has concluded contracts for technical MiG-29 service for a total of 11 billion rubles. It is reported by the Bulgarian edition of Mediapool.


The deputy commander of the Bulgarian Air Force, General Peto Mirchev, said that the necessary measures had been taken to ensure the protection of the country's airspace, but confirmed that there were problems with the repair of MiGs.

The repair of the MiG-29 fighters has not yet begun, but we have assurances from the RSK MiG OJSC that it will start from July this year

- General Mirchev emphasized in an interview with the Bulgarian Army newspaper.

Servicing of fighter jets by Russians traditionally takes place with delays, which are now exacerbated due to COVID-19. First, the Bulgarian authorities counted on the repair of 15 aircraft, but given the price policies Moscow, Sofia can afford to pay for the repair of no more than 8 aircraft. Although the country acquired 8 new F-16 Block 70s in the United States, the use of MiGs is still uncontested for the Bulgarian Air Force.

And what, do Russians now support NATO aviation?

- the user of the site Ivan Asenov-Stoyanov wonders.

Russian aircraft service is the same as if a gypsy is building a house for you. Repair will last forever

- a user with the nickname bez_ime made a strange analogy.

Aircraft maintenance costs money. In the case of the MiG-29, this is about 20 thousand dollars per flight hour. If there are 24 MiG-29 pilots in Bulgaria, and each one flies for 100 hours a year, it turns out that 48 million dollars need to be saved annually for spare parts and repairs. The article says that for 14 years of maintenance work, contracts were signed for 275 million leva (11 billion rubles) - but this is only a quarter of the required amount

- Logically notes the reader with the nickname 1107a.
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  1. 123 Offline
    123 (123) 1 July 2020 18: 09
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    Russia does not support NATO aviation, but its own economy. The threat from 8 Bulgarian aircraft is not great.
    If they are not comfortable and expensive, they can turn to Poland, they know a lot about repairs. sad
    And in general, they complain in vain, because they have not yet repaired the F-16, so far there is nothing to compare with. request
    The main disappointment is yet to come. lol
  2. Sergey Latyshev Offline
    Sergey Latyshev (Serge) 1 July 2020 21: 53
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    20 thousand dollars per flight hour.

    - что-то дороговато. Приводились цифры амеров - там 6 у старых, 12, 18 тыс - у новых моделей истребителей.

    The high cost of service flickers in foreign news sometimes.

    But the money doesn't smell. For bucks-even NATO, even Islamic terrorists will be served ....
    1. boriz Offline
      boriz (boriz) 1 July 2020 23: 58
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      In vain you are so ironic. For the opportunity to hold hostile warplanes for several months, and even those manufactured by us, you can pay money yourself. And then we'll get paid ...
      1. Sergey Latyshev Offline
        Sergey Latyshev (Serge) 2 July 2020 08: 35
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        It is truth too!
        True, the article does not say that they will take us to it, then on the spot, rather.

        And he was surprised at another. Figures about the price of an hour of flight. Americans sometimes spread them. And ours - no, no. Rarity.
    2. Piramidon Offline
      Piramidon (Stepan) 2 July 2020 10: 09
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      Quote: Sergey Latyshev
      something is a little expensive

      Judging by my car, the older the car, the more expensive it is to operate. Every year more and more spare parts are required and repairs more often.