It seems the Bulgarian Air Force (Bulgarian: Военновъздушни сили) will fly the russian jet well after 2020. There were official talks that the Government wants to replace it’s aging fleet and SAAB was in close talks but eventually that was put on hold. Used Typhoons and F-16 jets came up as options as well.
On 6 December 2017, the MoD issued a decision to launch an Integrated Logistics Support (IMP) procedure for the MiG-29 fighter jets of the Bulgarian Air Forces. For the sum of BGN 81 294 416, the IMP contractor shall provide 50% residual resource of the airplane systems and units, as well as the opportunity to maintain an annual load of 1450 hours – 1000 hours for 12 MiG-29A and 450 hours for 3 MiG -29BB.
JSC Russian Aircraft Corporation MiG (Russian: Российская самолетостроительная корпорация «МиГ» Rossiyskaya samoletostroitel’naya korporatsiya “MiG”), or RSK MiG will handle the work.
An appeal by a Ukrainian state-owned company blocked the repair order for the MiG-29 fighters. December 19, Ukrainian state-owned Uroboronprom, filed a complaint with the Commission for the Protection of Competition against the Ministry of Defense Decree No.129 of 6 December 2017 for maintenance of the MiG-29 fighter aircraft.