Warplanes: December 10, 2001


Hungary has hired the MiG corporation of Russia to refit 14 of its MiG-29s. An option clause could extend this to all 27 Hungarian MiG-29s. Poland, Romania, Slovakia, and Bulgaria also have MiG-29s that need to be upgraded, and at least ten companies are bidding for the contracts. The victory by MiG in the Hungarian deal is seen as giving them the edge. Bulgaria has 21 MiG-29s but only three of them are flyable. Romania has sixteen but only one can fly.--Stephen V Cole


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