During official visit of RSK MiG representatives to Sophia (Bulgaria) both sides confirmed their mutual interest in fastest maintenance and modernization of MiG-29A fighter jets that are in service with Bulgarian Air Force.
Bulgarian officials stressed on the fact that the deal must have absolutely no political context. Aside from that, Bulgaria takes no obligations related to future upgrade program of the Air Force which may include massive purchase of american equipment.
International observers have mentioned that Bulgarian desperation is forced by integration with NATO which will require replacement of IFF (identification friend-or-foe) system aboard MiGs.
Bulgarian Ministry of Defense is also exploring potential purchase of F-16s as possible successors to Fulcrums.
[Edited by Dron, 12-03-2001]