Bulgarian pilots refuse to fly Russian MiG-29

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Some Bulgarian military pilots refuse to fly Russian MiG-29 fighters during training flights, claiming that the aircraft is obsolete, and flights are not safe.

This was stated by Deputy Minister of Defense of Bulgaria Atanas Zapryanov.

Minister of Defense Krasimir Karakadzhanov accused the pilots, who boycotted the use of Russian aircraft, in conducting a politically motivated campaign. He insists that Bulgaria will rebuild all its MiG-29 and about 20 Russian Su-25 bombers.

Bulgaria joined NATO in 2004, but most of its military equipment is still Russian. The Bulgarian Air Force has seven MiG-29 aircraft in a usable condition.

Source: inforesist.org