Bulgaria's Parliament to Vote on MiG Repair Deal with Poland

Defense | November 24, 2015, Tuesday // 07:42|  views

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Lawmakers in Bulgaria are to put to a final vote a deal signed with Poland on the repair of the country's MiG-29 fighter jets.

MPs are widely expected to ratify the deal which will send six MiG-29 engines to be overhauled in Polish facilities.

The document was signed in October during a visit by Defense Minister Nikolay Nenchev to Poland.

Under the agreement, in the space of twenty days after the signing of the contract, Poland will lend two of its MiG-29 engines for temporary use, so that almost immediately one of the Bulgarian fighter jets will be capable of conducting flights.

The move has infuriated the Soviet-made aircraft's original manufacturer, Russian RSK MiG corporation, which said Polish had no license to carry out the repair works. Warsaw disputes this.

Nenchev for his part says the deal with Poland is less expensive than the cost initially offered by RSK MiG.

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