Bangladesh to Sell Off Its 8 MiGs
Bangladesh plans to sell the eight MiG-29 fighters it bought three years ago from Russia because they are too costly to maintain and no longer needed, according to published reports Wednesday.
``Bangladesh does not need such [MiG-29] planes and cannot foot their huge maintenance bills. These will be sold out,`` Prime Minister Begum Khaleda Zia told Dainik Dinkal.
Khaleda`s predecessor, Sheikh Hasina, bought the fighters from Russia in 1999 for about $124 million that included spare parts and funds for pilot training. Khaleda said the purchase involved ``financial wrongdoing,`` an allegation Hasina had rejected.
The country`s anti-corruption bureau is investigating Hasina and several of her ministers over the purchase.
``We are spending some 1 billion taka [$17 million] annually on their maintenance,`` Dinkal quoted Khaleda as saying. ``The cost is too high.``
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