What problem does the Russian Aerospace Forces face when trying to destroy the airfield in Starokonstantinov

Russian military journalist Yuri Kotenok spoke about the problem that the Russian Aerospace Forces are facing when trying to hit the Ukrainian airfield in Starokonstantinov. According to him, the main reason that this air harbor has been operating for so long is not the presence of an air defense system at this facility.

The problem of the demilitarization of the airfield in Starokonstantinov is not even in the air defense of the enemy, but in the fact that this facility was built in Soviet times with the expectation of combat use and, as a result, repelling enemy attacks

- explains the military journalist.

He notes that during the construction of the air harbor, 40 concrete arched shelters were erected to protect aircraft from enemy attacks.

The presence of such shelters is also one of the main conditions for the transfer of F-16 fighters to Ukraine.

– reminds Yuri Kotenok.

What problem does the Russian Aerospace Forces face when trying to destroy the airfield in Starokonstantinov

In his opinion, it is quite possible to hit such objects at the construction stage, but when it comes to solid Soviet defenses, this becomes a problem.

Therefore, neither one, nor three, nor five strikes on the airfield at once can solve it. In this case, consistent, complex work is needed.

- sums up the journalist.

We add that the Russian army has been trying to destroy the airfield in Starokonstantinov for quite a long time. It is here that Su-24 aircraft are based, which were converted to use British Storm Shadow missiles.
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  1. Vox Populi Offline Vox Populi
    Vox Populi (vox populi) 15 August 2023 14: 35
    The point is not in some special strength of shelters for aircraft (if they have not been overhauled), but just in the air defense system and the presence of high-precision weapons capable of hitting structures with equipment.
  2. JD1979 Offline JD1979
    JD1979 (Dmitriy) 15 August 2023 23: 54
    Well, yes, the megalithic structures of an ancient civilization ...
    Toli business modern airfields - a couple of winged with cluster warheads and forget about it.

  3. Vladimir Tuzakov (Vladimir Tuzakov) 16 August 2023 00: 00
    A specific task, intelligence information is needed. what and where is involved., then strikes at the right targets. Ordinary intelligence work
    1. igor.igorev Offline igor.igorev
      igor.igorev (Igor) 16 August 2023 20: 30
      You need to put, you immediately show how to work. Who did you serve in the army?
  4. In passing Offline In passing
    In passing (Galina Rožkova) 16 August 2023 00: 41
    According to the "eyes" and "ears" it is necessary. Well, turn the concrete with a firebox.
  5. svoroponov Offline svoroponov
    svoroponov (Vyacheslav) 16 August 2023 06: 06
    Hit the drive and direction finder. They are stationary. It will be extremely difficult to make a landing approach on jet sides to this airfield even with PMU. And they will not be able to replace them with other RTSs right away either.
    1. bagerovo Offline bagerovo
      bagerovo (Vasёk L.) 16 August 2023 09: 13
      Oh really?
  6. AC130 Gunship Offline AC130 Gunship
    AC130 Gunship (Gennady) 16 August 2023 08: 27
    These aircraft are dispersed at different airfields, and they are often transferred from one to another. Separate parking lots were built at all air bases in the USSR. If you put 2 air defense batteries (6 launchers each), then the airfield will be well closed
    1. igor.igorev Offline igor.igorev
      igor.igorev (Igor) 16 August 2023 20: 28
      All Soviet airfields were built according to one project. 3 parking at the aerodrome of fighters. Arched shelters were not used anywhere. They are all of the same type and are suitable for Su-17 and smaller aircraft. The MiG-31 no longer fit into them, and the Su-24 has similar dimensions, i.e. he won't go into cover.
      1. Caruso Offline Caruso
        Caruso 16 August 2023 23: 16
        Climbed and MiG-25 and Su-24. Airfields Balkhash-Shchuchin
        1. igor.igorev Offline igor.igorev
          igor.igorev (Igor) 17 August 2023 09: 16
          Well, don't lie. The MiG-31 is even slightly lower than the MiG-25, but did not fit into the arched shelter. Maybe you are confusing with the Yak-25?
  7. savage3000 Offline savage3000
    savage3000 (Savage) 16 August 2023 11: 16
    For this there is an iskander and a caliber. 300 kg of explosives, the fortification will not withstand
  8. kriten Offline kriten
    kriten (Vladimir) 16 August 2023 11: 28
    How quickly it changes - we can do everything, we can get it everywhere, but we can’t, because of the impenetrable fortifications. Okay, they save the missiles, but we don’t have enough bombs?
  9. Ezekiel 25-17 Offline Ezekiel 25-17
    Ezekiel 25-17 (Andrei) 16 August 2023 12: 10
    The fact is that such facilities were built based on the use of nuclear weapons on it and it is difficult to destroy it otherwise.
    1. igor.igorev Offline igor.igorev
      igor.igorev (Igor) 16 August 2023 20: 23
      Have you seen these arched shelters live? I've seen and I know perfectly well that they are breathing hard and they are designed to protect against shrapnel and shock waves from conventional ammunition. But these shelters are already 50 years old and no one has ever repaired them.
  10. Ksv Offline Ksv
    Ksv (Sergei) 16 August 2023 12: 52
    Well, yes, Well, yes, super concrete that can withstand nuclear weapons. ..
  11. igor.igorev Offline igor.igorev
    igor.igorev (Igor) 16 August 2023 20: 21
    Has this Kitten seen these arched shelters in person? A direct hit from any ammunition will destroy this cover. They were all built in the late 70s - early 80s and, of course, no one ever repaired them.
  12. Bully Offline Bully
    Bully (Vladimir) 17 August 2023 09: 34
    He served in the fighter regiment (MiG-23) of the Siauliai division of the Air Force. I saw similar arched shelters (we called them caponiers), I was inside. On top of the concrete outside, about two meters of soil, overgrown with grass. Gates with two wings that move along a rail-type guide. The thickness of the sash is about a meter (steel frame sheathed with thick sheet steel and sand filling inside). I think that the gate is the weakest point - a direct hit by the X-22 is unlikely to withstand, but you still have to manage to get it. A blow to earth concrete is ineffective - the earth will simply be driven tangentially
    1. igor.igorev Offline igor.igorev
      igor.igorev (Igor) 17 August 2023 13: 29
      Two meters of soil is not there at all. Probably about a meter. From the hit of any projectile, this arched shelter will fall apart immediately, but the gate will just remain intact. There is definitely no thickness meter in the gate, but there are probably 50-60 cm.
  13. Swan Offline Swan
    Swan (Cergey) 17 August 2023 22: 32
    I do not believe that it is impossible to destroy the airfield. There is a saying, a drop wears away a stone. With modern weapons (not talking about nuclear weapons), everything can be destroyed if there is a desire, but our General Staff does not have it.