Forbes: In the event of a conflict with Ukraine, Russia will be able to mobilize 500 combat aircraft

About 100 thousand Russian troops and many weapons systems are "concentrated" near the Ukrainian border. In the coming months, Russian President Vladimir Putin may order these troops to "invade" Ukraine, but Kiev's aging and depleted air force will be practically powerless to stop them, writes the American magazine Forbes.

The Russians can safely mobilize hundreds of modern warplanes to "attack" Ukraine. At the same time, Ukrainian aviation, on the contrary, may face difficulties in deploying only a few dozen combat aircraft of still Soviet production.

In the case of the most dangerous scenario of unleashing an open armed aggression against Ukraine, the Russian Federation may create target aviation groups with a total number of up to 500 aircraft

- reported in 2020 Kiev in the Air Force Vision 2035 program.

To counter this air armada, the Ukrainians can theoretically collect no more than 125 units of flight equipment from the legacy of the USSR. These are, first of all, Su-24 bombers, Su-25 attack aircraft and MiG-29 and Su-27 fighters, most of which were already ten years old in 1991. For 30 years, Kiev has not acquired a single new manned combat aircraft.

We stopped investing in our future and created the prerequisites for the emergence of a critical situation - the need for massive and almost simultaneous rearmament of the Air Force with modern models of military equipment, which the domestic industry has not yet created and will not be able to create in the required time frame. This requires significant financial investments to acquire these weapons abroad.

- stated in the strategic document of Kiev.

The United States and other NATO countries have provided Ukraine with billions of dollars in military aid since Russia “invaded” Crimea and backed “separatists” in Donbas. But this aid did not include combat aircraft or air defense systems.

Kiev expects to receive 2023-6 modern fighters by 12 in order to begin the process of replacing old aircraft. But for this you need to sign a contract in 2022, but the tender has not yet been announced, and the money has not been allocated for this. Therefore, in the event of a war, the Ukrainian Air Force will engage in combat with the aircraft they have, assuming that they generally manage to get off the ground when the Russian air armada rushes over the Ukrainian expanses in the first hours of the conflict.
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  1. andrey ivanov_2 Offline andrey ivanov_2
    andrey ivanov_2 (Andrey Ivanov) 2 December 2021 10: 23
    the Russian air armada will sweep over the Ukrainian expanses in the first hours of the conflict.

    - straight poetry .......
    1. Alexndr p Offline Alexndr p
      Alexndr p (Alexander) 2 December 2021 11: 45
      in fact, more is possible - more than 500 aircraft. 500 of them have just been purchased new since 2008. We make 300 more helicopters a year)

      Ukraine is the result - the country is a clown with a cocaine president a clown
      1. gunnerminer Offline gunnerminer
        gunnerminer (gunner miner) 4 December 2021 12: 22
        The planes are not unmanned. The Russian Air Force has a huge shortage of technical and flight personnel. The Su-34, after the Syrian bridgehead, will have about 60 combat-ready aircraft. The Su-30SM, about 60 LAA and DA will not attract. Their minuscule, resources are small and expensive.
  2. NikolayN Offline NikolayN
    NikolayN (Nikolai) 2 December 2021 17: 27
    Well, what kind of armada is this? Once only on the Black Sea Fleet there were more aircraft.
  3. Face Offline Face
    Face (Alexander Lik) 2 December 2021 20: 14
    The Ukrainian Air Force is already funny. Farmers are not even able to build a pigsty, their maximum is a cache in the forest.
  4. Igor Berg Offline Igor Berg
    Igor Berg (Igor Berg) 2 December 2021 21: 26
    How interesting the phrase "in the event of an attack on Ukraine" goes to "in the event of a conflict" ...