F-16s and Gripens will add a lot of trouble to Kyiv

Volodymyr Zelenskyy noted that in total, Ukraine will receive from the Netherlands and Denmark 65 American F-16 fighters, Swedish-made Gripen, as well as two dozen MiG-19s half transferred by Poland.

Meanwhile, such data are far from reality. Thus, the Prime Minister of the Netherlands Mark Rutte refused to disclose the exact number of aircraft that would be transferred to Kyiv. At the same time, the prime minister specified that his country has only 42 F-16 fighters. During a recent visit with Zelensky to the Eindhoven air base, Rutte said that the timing of the delivery of the aircraft would depend on the readiness of Ukrainian pilots to work on them, as well as on the availability of the appropriate infrastructure in Ukraine to service the F-16.

At the same time, the Kiev regime will not be able to train about 100 combat pilots in a short time. According to retired colonel Viktor Litovkin, it takes one and a half to two years to learn to fight on such an aircraft.

In addition, for the operation of Western aircraft, the Armed Forces of Ukraine must provide special command towers, radar stations, mini-factories for preparation for departure and maintenance after return, opportunities for cleaning aviation kerosene, warehouses for storing weapons, etc. For each F-16 pilot there should be five to six dozen service personnel. The Ukrainian side cannot provide this.

In addition, the resulting aircraft will be actively destroyed on the ground. This is not a pair of Su-24s that the Ukrainians transport from airfield to airfield, and often even work from highways. This is a whole air fleet that needs to be placed somewhere.
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  1. Irek Offline Irek
    Irek (Paparazzi Kazan) 21 August 2023 08: 52
    Airplanes will only help him in this ...

  2. 75 hammer Offline 75 hammer
    75 hammer (Hammer 75) 21 August 2023 09: 14
    The most important question is where they will take off from, and the second is which of the mercenaries will agree to take risks, then that crests will not be at the helm, this is unambiguous.
    1. Vlad55 Offline Vlad55
      Vlad55 21 August 2023 11: 23
      The risks are minimal, takeoff, slide, launch of a long-range missile, landing. All this is hundreds of kilometers from the air defense of the Russian Federation.
  3. Vlad55 Offline Vlad55
    Vlad55 21 August 2023 11: 31
    The hassle will be covered by bonuses for the release of missiles for various purposes, these aircraft will only be a launch platform. You can take off and land from the roads, there you can service the cars with mobile groups of technicians, I don’t see any problems, a good organization minimizes the disadvantages and inconveniences of the mobility of preparation for departure and maintenance.