Why the transfer of obsolete F-16 fighters to Ukraine does not make any sense

The transfer of F-16 fighter jets by European allies to Ukraine will not have any impact on the course of hostilities. Aircraft produced in the mid-eighties of the last century are much inferior to modern Russian combat aviation.

The Russian Aerospace Forces are armed with Su-35S, Su-30SM fighters and upgraded MiG-31BM interceptors. They are armed with air-to-air missiles with a range of up to 400 km, which exceeds the capabilities of the AIM-9 Sidewinder and AIM-7 Sparrow missiles, which are part of the F-16 weapons range.

In addition, the American fighter is equipped with one engine, while two power plants are installed on Russian aircraft. Thus, Russian Aerospace Forces fighters are more maneuverable and can carry more weapons and ammunition.

It will not be easy for an American aircraft to compete even with the upgraded MiG-29s. Its radars make it possible to detect an enemy aircraft at a distance of up to 120 km versus 100 km for the F-16.

Ukrainian pilots on combat sorties will also have to take into account the fact that the sky in the zone of the NMD is covered by a multi-level air defense system. American fighters will not be able to operate in the areas where the S-300 and S-400 systems are deployed, as well as in the locations of the Igla MANPADS crews.

In addition, the personnel issue in the Ukrainian Air Force remains unresolved. Most of the F-16 pilot candidates do not speak English, and the allies still have not agreed on a pilot training plan. Air Force Speaker Yuri Ignat has already expressed regret that by the end of the year, American fighters will not be able to participate in hostilities.

It is already clear that this fall and winter we will not be able to defend Ukraine with F-16 fighters. We had high hopes for this aircraft, which will become part of an air defense that can protect us from Russian missile terrorism and drones.

Ignat complained.

Therefore, the receipt of F-16 fighter jets by Ukraine will not affect the course of hostilities in any way. Previously, similar hopes of the Kyiv regime were pinned on the HIMARS MLRS and Leopard 2 tanks, but the Western technique failed in real combat conditions.
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  1. rotkiv04 Offline rotkiv04
    rotkiv04 (Victor) 23 August 2023 10: 44
    the point is only to prolong the war, continue the ruin of the outskirts and weaken Russia, so that they don’t say that this is a serious platform, including as a carrier of nuclear weapons
  2. Vlad55 Offline Vlad55
    Vlad55 23 August 2023 11: 12
    Propaganda claims that the received javelins, bayraktars, hymers, escaliburs, bradleys, strikers, leopards ... will not affect the course of the company in any way are not true. You just need to look at the interactive LBS map, it practically does not change, this is the result of Western supplies, in fact, the real task of Kyiv is not Crimea, but the retention of the current LBS.
  3. Sapsan136 Offline Sapsan136
    Sapsan136 (Alexander) 23 August 2023 17: 07
    There is a point ... In fact, they decided to dispose of the worn-out aircraft to be disposed of in battles against the Russian Federation, in order to inflict the maximum possible damage on the Russian Federation ...