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MiG Corporation warns Bulgaria on its service deal with Poland

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World Aviation Defense & Security News - Bulgaria
 
 
MiG Corporation warns Bulgaria on its service deal with Poland
 
MIG Corporation has sent a letter to Bulgaria warning that it may suspend the service of the Bulgarian Air Force’s MiG-29 fighter aircraft, in case Sofia proceeds with the agreement signed with Poland. Bulgaria had recently come to terms with the Polish state-owned WZL 2 and 4 factories, which are part of the Polish Armaments Group, to overhaul the aircraft engines.
     
MiG Corporation warns Bulgaria on its service deal with Poland 640 001A Bulgarian MiG-29 fighter aircraft
     
During the singing of the agreement, the Polish and Bulgarian Defence Ministers stated that this agreement is a geostrategic orientation and an effort for the two countries to get closer with NATO and the EU.

MiG Corporation’s Director General, Yuri Korotkov sent the letter to the Bulgarian Government through the Russian ambassador in Sofia, Yuri Issakov. The Russian company warned Bulgaria that if the engine jets are overhauled in Poland, that would open the way for the termination of all contractual obligations by MiG. Moreover, Yuri Korotkov wrote that the implementation of the agreement with Poland would raise legitimacy questions regarding the use of the jets and the safety guarantees for the pilots.

Furthermore, the letter referred to the cost. According to TASS news agency, Poland would overhaul the engines for EUR1.023 billion, while MiG would do the same work for EUR1.05 billion. However, the Russian company would issue a guarantee for 500 flight hours instead of 350 provided by Poland.

 

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