The Bulgarian Defense Ministry chose the Russian MiG Aircraft Corporation to provide the Air Force with the integrated logistics service for its 15 MiG-29 fighters for the next 48 months, Jane's 360 reports.
Bulgarian Defense Minister Krassimir Karakachanov signed the agreement on March 6 after talks with the Russian company ended on February 16th.
Military analyst Aleksandar Radic says there are indications that the MiG-29 jets from Russia will arrive in October.
"Moscow says they will arrive - it means they will arrive. All the bureaucratic obstacles have been overcome, and I believe they will arrive in October," he told Novi Magazin, and added:
Russia is all set to strike a "big military deal" with India. A top official of Russian fighter jet-manufacturing firm MiG has confirmed the news, saying that they want to supply the latest version of MiG-35s to the South Asian country.
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Russia should to finalize delivery of MiG-29 fighters to Serbia by the end of 2017, Sputnik is reporting.
The agency is citing Federal Service for Military-Technical Cooperation (FSMTC) Director Dmitry Shugaev who spoke in Zhukovsky on Wednesday, at the MAKS International Aviation and Space Salon.
BELGRADE - Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic said Tuesday that, as the leader of the largest political party in the country, he had had no objections to the composition of PM-Designate Ana Brnabic's government.
"I had no objections, but even if I had had any, maybe I would not have said anything," Vucic told reporters at the Belgrade Fair.
Vucic: MiG jets to arrive soon
Serbian MiG-29 with pair of R-60 (AA-8 Aphid) missiles - Photo: Krasimir Grozev
The Bulgarian Defense Ministry has denied that it prevented the six MiG-29 warplanes that Russia has donated to Serbia from using its airspace.
Six Mikoyan MiG-29 multipurpose fighter jets, which Russia has presented to Serbia as a gift, will arrive in the Balkan country 'within several days or several weeks,' Serbian Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic said after a meeting with the Russian president.
The fighter jets will enter service in the Serbian Air Force until the end of 2017 after repairs, the Serbian premier said.
No fighter jet repair contract has been signed between Bulgaria and Russian aircraft company MiG over the past months, the Defense Ministry in Sofia has said.
Its remarks follow reports by TASS news agency, which quoted the head of MiG as saying at an international defense expo that such a deal was sealed at the end of 2016 about aircraft in service with the Bulgarian Air Force.