Russia’s MIG corporation warns it may suspend servicing Bulgarian fighters

SOFIA, October 28. /TASS/. Russian aircraft manufacturing corporation MIG has warned Bulgaria it may suspend the servicing of Bulgarian MIG-29 fighter jets, as follows from a letter the MIG Director General, Yuri Korotkov, has sent to the Russian ambassador in Sofia, Yuri Issakov.

The warning follows a long dispute over Bulgaria’s plans to do repairs and technology upgrades of the MIGs of Russian manufacture at enterprises in Poland that were formalized in an agreement the Bulgarian and Polish Defense Ministers signed Nikolay Nenchev and Tomasz Siemoniak signed on October 22.

“This is Bulgaria’s bid for closer integration within the EU and NATO,” the Bulgarian minister remarked,” Nenchev said after the signing ceremony in Warsaw.

“To Bulgaria, this is a geo-strategic choice, not just a selection of a partner,” Siemoniak said on his part. “Our joint cooperation within the EU and NATO acquires new quality. We evaluate highly the bold decision and the brave approach of Minister Nikolay Nenchev; a bold decision of the government, which is highly important.”

In his letter, Sergey Korotkov warned that repairs of engines installed on the Bulgarian jets at Polish plans would lay grounds for a termination of contract obligations by MIG corporation, the developer and manufacturer of the MIG-29 fighter jets, in what concerns their maintenance and servicing in Bulgaria.

“The terms offered by MIG are quite lucrative for Bulgaria economically,” Korotkov said. “While Poland is ready to extend the service life of the engines for 1.023 million euro, our corporation would do this for 1.050 million euro.”

“Along with it, Russia will issue a warranty for 500 flight hours versus the 350 hours warrantied by Poland,” the letter said. “That means by Bulgarian Air Force will have to make payments to Poland twice as often.”

“Although this incident (the signing of the Bulgarian-Polish agreement TASS) causes deep regret, we proceed from the centuries-old friendship between Russia and Bulgaria and continue hoping that cooperation based on the norms of international law will continue,” Korotkov said.

Bulgarian parliament is expected to ratify the agreement on the MIG-29’s in the coming few days.

USA allowed Bulgaria to buy the F-16 from Greece

16/10/2014  Military parity

Greece is in talks with the United States and Bulgaria about the sale of some of its F-16 fighters  to Sofia and leasing of new aircraft of this type, Kathimerini reported on 10 October.

NATO requested Bulgaria to renew the fleet  of Air Force, in response,  the Ministry of Defence of Bulgaria  appealed to Athens to consider the supply of six to eight fighters. Possible contract was firstly discussed in March of this year. Bulgaria appealed to the United States on this issue and received permission to have the F-16.

Precedent already exists – in October 2013 Portugal has sold 12 F-16 fighter for the Air Force of Romania for 880 million dollars.  Greece instead of sold aircraft wishes to lease F-16 fighter of Block 52 modification, but the United States did not wish to lease planes of this modern version.

Circus with tanks

20/08/2014 The business newspaper “The View”, quotation

The immediate catalyst for conversations about selling of  the weapons from old stocks of the former Warsaw Pact  to Ukraine, it is  a strange story in Hungary, where local bloggers photographed the  trainload of tanks T-72, moving by rail in the direction to Ukraine. And it is the Ukraine, because  it is impossible to turn to any other direction  – rails rest on the result against  the border point Zahon (aka Ukrainian Chop). Pretty soon it became clear that this is indeed the Hungarian tanks, which the Ministry of Defence of Hungary quite legally sold by tender (№ S14N08)  to some firm – Excalibur Defense KFT. This firm is registered in Székesfehérvár, outdoors Bakony, Building 4 with a registered capital of 500,000 forints. In the column “profit” for 2013 in its reporting was listed round zero. There is evidence that its founders are few citizens of the Czech Republic.

Hungarian community  interests in this story even not in  the fact of sale older tank to  somewhere (and so it is clear that the only neighboring country, which they generally may be needed – Ukraine) , but  in the price received from it. Structural unit of the Ministry of Defence of Hungary, which is responsible for  the tender, to gain from the sale of the first batch (22 tanks) 40.2 million forints, that is actually in the price of scrap metal.  And the whole “Excalibur” received 58 tanks at a cost of one hundred times smaller than even (not market but) selling prise. In this case on  the image can be clearly seen that the tanks have been prepared for sale. They are  repainted and almost polished. It somehow does not tally with the performance in the Czech press of a representative of the “Excalibur” Andrew Chirtek  saying that the tanks were bought from the Hungarian Ministry of Defence for their future “dismantling”.

  Everyone was surprised  and with  the route by which the tanks moved from Hungary – in the opposite direction from the Czech Republic. Defense Ministry explained this “logistics” – from bases in Kalocsa train was moving through the Nyíregyháza, where they were  photographed, to another base – in Nirteleke – to fulfill some formalities. That is the principle of “digging a ditch from the fence until lunch” flawlessly still works and in the Hungarian army, in spite of all NATO standards. But why re-paint something that is destined to become scrap metal?

The same firm won the second tender for the purchase of 24 MiG-29, which  can not be called  as scrap. Not to mention the helicopters. And all this with the delivery to the end of August. In this case, from the formal point of view, the  everything seems to be fine. The  tender was announced in advance, there are references to the relevant Hungarian regulatory documents and other “European standards.”

 In this scheme, there is nothing new. The Hungarian Government is not willing to supply openly Ukraine with heavy weapons. But nobody against to earn extra five cents on the old trash, by selling this trash to civil mediators-adventurers from another country. And what do they will do with it – Budapest  formally  das not care. Old trick circus dogs. Yes, all our political position opposite, but the door  will be slightly ajar. A 5% move, please, to the account of any firm “Swindlers and Spies Inc..” In Liechtenstein. And profit  of lovely gentlemen from the Czech Republic will be an astronomical amount, because Kiev generally do not care how much to pay – this is in fact the American money.

 In addition, the quality of  ammunition from ancient reserves of the Warsaw Pact, to put it mildly,is not very good. Bulgarian mines, for example, tend not to explode, but somehow screwed into asphalt up to the  stabilizer. And Bulgaria – one of the largest suppliers of this stuff. Prague  – one of Europe’s leading manufacturers of weapons – has long been firmly turned (along with Budapest) to the informal center for illegal arms trade, and all of these chains are in control of dozens of foreign intelligence agencies and specialized agencies. And sooner or later, any of these chains with a great noise will be  revealed.

 Underhand delivery to Kiev  of substandard equipment and ammunition of the old nomenclature can only briefly delay the end of the war. In this case, the responsibility for the deaths lies on the supplier, but as we see in the case of Hungary, the governments  and politics prefer not to participate  directly in the arms trade . A private individual conscience – a piece  of twilight. This, of course, not the first and not the last case, with a wide field for activity of numerous intelligence and counter-intelligence   and  for  sudden enrichment of adventurers. But the war ever end, the bodies of adventurers will be took out of  Danube, and it will become clear  that it was all useless.

Large landing ship Black Sea Fleet “Caesar Kunikov” will be renovated in Bulgaria

09.07.2013 TSAMTO
TSAMTO, July 8. Large landing ship (BDK) Black Sea Fleet “Caesar Kunikov” arrived in the Bulgarian port of Varna to undergo major overhaul, the press service of the Southern Military District.

Repairs will be carried out on the basis of the dockyard “Naval arsenal”, which has considerable experience in the restoration of the technical readiness of warships of the Navy of the USSR and Russia.

Towing vessel to Varna was performed by the crew of sea tug MB-173 Black Sea Fleet.

The sale of ten Su-25 Bulgaria to Georgia is confirmed

The sale of ten Su-25 Bulgaria to Georgia is confirmed

In the registry of UN, there was an official report on Bulgaria’s arms exports. According to these data, Bulgaria sold to Georgia in 2012, ten of the Su-25. Note states that all aircraft completely worn out and sold as the “source for repair.” According to estimates of the informal blog of the Center for Analysis of Strategies and Technologies, it could mean the resale of aircrafts to one of the African countries after repairs in the Tbilisi aircraft plant.

Russian military inspectors to fly over Bulgaria

Russian military inspectors to fly over Bulgaria

MOSCOW, May 13 (RIA Novosti) – Russian military inspectors will make a surveillance flight over the territory of Bulgaria under the international Open Skies Treaty within a period starting Monday, the Russian Defense Ministry has reported.

Russian experts will conduct the inspection flight on board an Antonov An-30B (Clank) aircraft between May 13 and 17, a ministry spokesman told journalists.

The aircraft will take off from Burgas Airport to cover a total distance of 660 kilometers (410 miles).

During the flight, Bulgarian and Russian specialists will monitor the operation of surveillance equipment on board the aircraft as set out in the Open Skies Treaty.

This will be Russia’s thirteenth observation flight this year under the agreement.

The Open Skies Treaty, which entered into force on January 1, 2002, establishes a regime of unarmed aerial observation flights over the territories of its 34 member states to promote openness and the transparency of military forces and activities. Russia ratified the deal in May 2001.