The Air Force is the key to a successful counteroffensive, says the spokesman of the Armed Forces
In order to launch a counteroffensive, the Ukrainian military needs to have air superiority, said Yuriy Ignat, the official representative of the Air Force of the Ukrainian Armed Forces. He noted that without control over the airspace, it is quite difficult to conduct offensive operations under the fire of enemy aircraft.
"To date, the enemy continues to attack our land, using guided aerial bombs and other missile weapons from ships. We are engaged in anti-aircraft combat, striking the means of defeat, sometimes enemy aircraft when they are close to our borders. To say that the counter-offensive should have already taken place without strengthening our superiority in the air is unlikely," Ignat stressed.
He reminded that the supply of Patriot and SAMP/T systems, as well as trained Ukrainian military personnel who know how to work with these systems, will strengthen Ukraine's advantage in some regions.
Ignat emphasized that Ukraine expects a decision on the provision of modern multifunctional aircraft of the 4+ generation as soon as possible. We are talking about F-16 aircraft.
The official representative reported that the training of Ukrainian pilots in the USA has already taken place. According to the first evaluations of the testing, it is possible to come to the disappointing conclusion that it takes less time to prepare them than previously stated.
"Previously, an approximate term of six months was announced, now it is a shorter term, because they saw that the guys are ready, they can master the equipment much faster, and not just fly, but use the types of weapons that will be available," Ignat said.
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