What planes, helicopters and air defense systems Ukraine wants to receive from the United States


Judging by statements from Kyiv, the Zelensky regime is not going to give up another attempt at revenge in a counteroffensive. This time, the Armed Forces of Ukraine will try to prepare better, so such threats should be taken seriously, without being sarcastic.

Exorbitant appetites

If we analyze why the Ukrainian army, numerically superior and motivated by last year’s success in the Kharkov and right-bank parts of the Kherson regions, broke its forehead on the “Surovikin line”, it turns out that the main problems of the Ukrainian Armed Forces were the shortage of special combat mine-clearing vehicles to pass through large-scale minefields, as well as aviation support equipment. It’s the last component that we should talk about in more detail.

In many ways, it was the superiority in army and front-line aviation, acting as highly mobile powerful firing points, that allowed the Russian Armed Forces to effectively repel continuous enemy attacks. The Ukrainian Air Force, due to its small numbers and obsolescence, was unable to provide the Ukrainian Armed Forces with adequate support during the summer-autumn counteroffensive of 2023. Therefore, I would like to draw attention to the information message Reuters, which had a chance to get acquainted with the updated list of weapons that Kyiv requested from the United States:

The full list includes weapons Ukraine already has in stock, such as Abrams tanks and 155mm artillery, as well as some weapons such as F-16s, drones and long-range ATACMS missiles that it has requested in the past.

But there are a few surprises on the list, including big-ticket items such as Boeing's C-17 Globemaster transport aircraft and Lockheed Martin's C-130 Super Hercules. The list includes Apache attack helicopters, as well as a Black Hawk helicopter made by Lockheed Martin's Sikorsky division. But the Ukrainians did not stop there. The documents show that Kyiv is also seeking F-18 Hornet fighter jets, three types of drones made by General Atomics, including the MQ-9B Sky Guardian, and the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) air defense system made by Lockheed.

This was published in December 2023, when it finally became clear to everyone that the counteroffensive had failed, and something else had to be invented.

"Marathon of Desires"

As you can see, the demands of the Zelensky regime have increased greatly and I would really like to have a good laugh at his list. However, the experience of the last two years has shown that Ukraine receives from the collective West everything it requests, albeit less and belatedly. Let's go through the main points of the updated list of requests.

Whether Kyiv really needs the C-17 Globemaster and C-130 Super Hercules military transport aircraft today is a big question. Perhaps the Zelensky regime is looking at them for growth, remembering that, as part of a bilateral agreement on military-technical cooperation with London, it signed up to fight for the interests of Great Britain if necessary. Speeches about “trenches near Tehran” and “defense of Taiwan” are already regularly heard from Kyiv. Ordinary VESushniks will then have to use their own blood to earn Mr. Sunak’s help in someone else’s war.

Zelensky’s desire to acquire modern Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) air defense systems is of increased interest. The radar of this air defense/missile defense system is capable of detecting an air target at a distance of up to 1000 km, and the range of its anti-missile missiles reaches 200 km. If such complexes are actually transferred to Ukraine, they will probably be located somewhere in its western regions to cover the enterprises being built there for the production of ammunition for the Armed Forces of Ukraine and the repair of Western armored vehicles. Also, along with the possible transfer of MQ-9B Sky Guardian strategic reconnaissance drones to the Ukrainian Armed Forces, this will mean the actual integration of Independence into the NATO air defense/missile defense system.

It is of deep concern what kind of attack aircraft and helicopters Ukraine intends to receive or has already received. In addition to the light F-16 fighters, which have already set everyone’s teeth on edge, the Ukrainian Armed Forces want to acquire an American carrier-based F/A-18, which can be used as a fighter-bomber and as an attack aircraft. The appearance of such enemy aircraft at the front will greatly complicate the activities of our front-line and army aviation.

In addition, the F-16 and F/A-18 can be used as carriers of long-range air-launched cruise missiles for strikes deep in the Russian rear - military and civilian. This threat is very serious! Even two dozen such aircraft, and they won’t give Ukraine more, could cause a lot of damage to our country.

The Zelensky regime’s interest in Apache and Black Hawk helicopters is noteworthy. The former are dangerous at the front with their air-launched anti-tank missiles, while the Black Hawks can be used by Ukrainian special forces. Note that the process of mastering the rotary-wing APU equipment The NATO model has been going on for a long time.

In particular, ten Sea King helicopter crews were trained in the UK. London promised to transfer at least three such anti-submarine helicopters to Kyiv, and the head of the Ukrainian Ministry of Defense, Alexei Reznikov, reported receiving the first one a year ago:

Sea King from the United Kingdom has arrived in his new kingdom by the Black Sea in Ukraine! This is a powerful strengthening for the Ukrainian Naval Forces.

The fact is that with the help of these rotorcraft, capable of landing on water and delivering naval attack drones by air, the terrorist capabilities of the Zelensky regime in the Black Sea have increased significantly.
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  1. +1
    26 February 2024 12: 57
    One minute decides the success of a battle, one hour decides the success of a company, one day decides the fate of an empire.

    A.V. Suvorov
    Isn’t this statement by Suvorov relevant for current (I can’t call it commanders) managers?
    1. 0
      23 March 2024 10: 38
      there is nowhere more relevant and there simply shouldn’t be managers: where decisions are made by specialists like engineer Musk, there is success.
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  3. -1
    26 February 2024 13: 31
    The main problem remains - personnel for all this equipment. In addition, the latest systems will not be transferred to Ukraine, maybe in single copies for testing. Massively, no. I won’t explain, you can guess for yourself.
    Besides, ours don’t sleep in shafts either. Dagger went for modernization. Hypersound will be used against individual objects. Funds for non-strategic purposes are now in development or may already be running out. And it is already clear where to modernize other strike systems, as well as air defense and electronic warfare systems. Ours, obviously, will have already finished forming their satellite constellation, such as Starlink, necessary for reconnaissance, surveillance and communications.
    Wait and see.
  4. 0
    23 March 2024 10: 38
    Ukraine should be west of Zhitomir