First three upgraded Bulgarian Su-25s re-delivered

In November 2018, the Bulgarski Voenno Vzdushnu Sili (BVVS, Bulgarian Air Force) signed a USD 85.5 million contract for the major overhaul of fourteen Sukhoi Su-25 close air support aircraft by the 558th Aviation Repair Plant (558th ARP) at Baranovichi (Belarus).

The contract was downgraded from fourteen to eight aircraft (six single seat and two double seat). When the overhaul of the ieght aircraft is completed and approved, the Bulgarian Air Force considers if they will send six more aircraft to Belarus for major overhaul.

The first upgraded Su-25K, serial 246, arrived back at Bezmer air base on 21 september 2020. It was away for overhaul for more than a year. One day later, the second aircraft, Su-25UBK serial 002, was re-delivered. The third Sukhoi, Su-25K serial 253, arrived on 20 october 2020. All three Sukhois are wearing the splendid digital colour scheme. It is expected that all eight aircraft will receive this camouflage pattern.

For the remaining five Sukhoi Su-25s currently on overhaul with the 558th ARP, Scramble Magazine knows that Su-25K 254 is one of them. Any information on the other four Su-25s is highly apprecited. Send your updates to


Photos: Bulgarian Air Force

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