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Bulgarian MiG-29 pilots refused to take part in NATO air policing

A Bulgarian air force MiG-29 Fulcrum taxis after landing at Graf Ignatievo Air Base | wikimedia

On October 24, the Bulgarian pilots of MiG-29 jet fighters from the 3rd airbase “Graf Ignatievo” refused to take part in the NATO Air Policing due to safety reasons, reported sources. The pilots didn’t want to risk their lives flying the fighter jets which just had their engines “repaired” without any licensing in Poland, which caused major concerns in the army.

The 10 repaired engines have no official protocols, which do not guarantee the safety of the jet and its crew.

Since 1989, Bulgaria has seen serious decline in its military power and capabilities. Bulgaria ranked number one in terms of military power on the Balkans in 1989, with more than 350 active aircraft back then. The source says today, the Bulgarian Air Force can barely operate 3-5 MiG-29s.

The source also pointed out that during the times of “reforms” in the army, Bulgaria sold most of its aircraft, infantry vehicles, tanks, artillery and small weapons to a number of countries in the Middle East and North Africa. Bulgaria joined NATO in 2004 with high hopes of modernization in the army which hasn’t happened until today.

Today the Bulgarian army cannot guarantee the safety of the country, having a lack of resources, personnel, moral and even respect from the Bulgarian authorities and ordinary people.

The NATO-chosen ex-Minister of Defense Nikolay Nenchev just continued the process of destruction of the Bulgarian armed forces. As the source reports, he has been used as a fierce anti-Russian puppet to make sure that none of the Bulgarian Soviet-made jets and vehicles could be used in the future.

Bulgaria would be forced to buy US-made weapons and vehicles which would, of course, boost the military-industrial complex of the United States, something which President Trump is working hard for.

Bulgaria is currently in huge debates and drama over picking a new fighter jet for its army. The newly-elected President and ex-commander of the Bulgarian Air Force Rumen Radev insisted on having a new fighter jet for the Bulgarian Armed Forces.

The procedure for a new fighter jet is now frozen. The new Minister of Defense Krasimir Karakachanov had the nerve to say that the country first needs to repair and use its old aircraft of Soviet-made MiG-29s, however this time repaired by the licensed Russian company.