F-16 fighters will not be able to take off from Ukrainian airfields

The supply of American F-16 fighters, which Kyiv so insists on, can turn into big problems for Western countries. This is reported by Politico. The publication says that the supply of aircraft of this type will be a real logistical nightmare for Ukraine's allies.

The fact is that American F-15 and F-16 fighters need high-quality and long runways. And modern Ukraine simply does not have such luxury. If Kyiv intends to build the necessary infrastructure, then this will not go unnoticed by the Russian army, which will easily destroy any such undertaking.

As Politico explains, for Ukraine, American F-18 fighters or Swedish Gripen would be much more suitable. These machines are capable of taking off from short runways. But the problem is that there are not so many such aircraft in the West. And NATO countries are clearly not ready to scatter them for the sake of helping Ukraine.

There is another way out - French Rafale aircraft. After all, if Washington was able to push through the decision to supply Germany with Leopard tanks to Ukraine, why not do the same with France?! But here, not everything is so smooth.

As experts explain, the French aircraft requires a large number of service personnel, which, in the event of a business trip to Ukraine, will become a legitimate target of the Russian Federation. And the West, at least for now, is clearly not ready to risk its people.

As Politico clarifies, serious discussions are now underway in Europe regarding the supply of combat aircraft to Ukraine. But there is no definitive solution yet.
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  1. Colonel Kudasov Offline Colonel Kudasov
    Colonel Kudasov (Leopold) 26 January 2023 13: 24
    They would put Harrier, since there are no corresponding airfields. Schwarzenegger flew on this without preparation)
  2. Sergey Latyshev Offline Sergey Latyshev
    Sergey Latyshev (Serge) 26 January 2023 14: 18
    Nonsense from a finger.
    All countries conduct takeoff exercises from highways, poor airfields, etc.
    In peacetime - reinsured
  3. skeptic Online skeptic
    skeptic 26 January 2023 15: 08
    So, they will take off from their airfields. Rockets will be launched over Ukraine and back. If the partners let tanks through, then they will let the planes through, and take-offs with landings, at western airfields.
    All the same, a lot of migrants were "sown" by the Amerzavs in the 90s, not only they sucked in the constitution ...
    1. Human_79 Offline Human_79
      Human_79 (Andrei) 28 January 2023 02: 58
      I completely agree. They will take off from the territory of Lithuania, Poland, Romania, and possibly Moldova, but already with Ukrainian identification marks.
      And if we drag out the conflict, then they won't change the signs.
      He took off, flew, fired back and returned to his native airfield.
      But this is understandable.
      But this means that battles between our pilots and NATO pilots will soon begin in the sky.
      And we will not be able to fight with the number of aircraft that NATO has.
      So the sky will be taken away from us
  4. Vox Populi Offline Vox Populi
    Vox Populi (vox populi) 26 January 2023 17: 21
    American F-15 and F-16 fighters need high-quality and long runways

    There is not much difference with ours, it is enough to compare the performance characteristics ...
  5. Shmurzik Offline Shmurzik
    Shmurzik (Seymslav) 26 January 2023 22: 14
    F-16 fighters will not be able to take off from Ukrainian airfields

    And the Bayraktars couldn’t either ... - they still can’t.
  6. Yaroslav_Wise Offline Yaroslav_Wise
    Yaroslav_Wise (Yaroslav) 27 January 2023 08: 34
    And what, in UGIL there are still combat-ready airfields !? Remember, the General Staff reported that everything! that's it! There are no more active airfields. True, the military.
  7. Michael 68 Offline Michael 68
    Michael 68 29 January 2023 09: 32
    At first there were talks about the supply of artillery. Then came the deliveries. There was talk about the supply of Soviet tanks. Then came the deliveries. There was talk about the supply of Western tanks. We are waiting for delivery. Now talk about the supply of aircraft. Someone doubts the supply. We are humane, we do not touch the delivery route. They forgot about the grain deal. Shipments of weapons by sea no longer frighten us. Railroad deliveries. These are business interests. This is sacred. Better to let millions of people die. But God forbid, business interests will suffer.