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.

Russia to Open Service Centers in Indonesia for Servicing Aircraft Equipment

Russia to Open Service Centers in Indonesia for Servicing Aircraft Equipment

Russian Military Technologies, 26,02.2014

Russia is prepared to open its service centers in Indonesia for servicing the Russian aircraft equipment, Russian Vice-Premier Dmitry Rogozin told a news conference upon completion of a meeting of an intergovernmental commission.

“We are ready to create service centers to service Russian-built aircraft equipment which Indonesia buys for regional transportations,” Rogozin said. “The matter concerns very interesting projects, including the construction of a terminal for supra-horizon monitoring in Indonesia’s exclusive economic zone,” Rogozin added.

Commenting on cooperation in space projects, Rogozin pointed out that the two sides might take mutual advantage of further development of the sector of navigation services, including GLONASS navigators.

United States will provide Ground Forces Iraq with service of ground equipment

United States will provide  Ground Forces Iraq with service  of  ground  equipment

TSAMTO, July 30. The Agency for Defense Security Cooperation (DSCA) U.S. Defense Department on July 25 notified Congress of a proposed sale to Iraq under the “Foreign Military Sales” the services for a variety of platforms.

The total price of the agreement could reach $ 750 million.

The Iraqi government has asked the United States to the request of the possibility of the provision of services for a period of five years for ARV M-88A1, M-88A2 «Hercules’ , family M-113 armored fighting vehicles, self-propelled howitzers M-109A5, towed howitzers M-198, heavy trucks -1070 (HETT), M-977 , armored HMMWV and tactical floating bridges TFRBS (Tactical Floating River Bridge System), the supply of spare parts and components, accessories and training equipment, technical documentation, training, technical support from the contractor and the U.S. government, and other related elements of logistical problems.