The commander of the Ukrainian Air Force called the problems of the Ukrainian armed forces, which will be solved by the supply of F-16
American Fighter Delivery F 16 will solve a number of problems faced by the armed forces Ukraine (UPA). This was stated by Commander of the Ukrainian Air Force Mykola Oleshchuk, informed “Country” edition.
He called the air defense of Ukraine, which could be partially ensured with the help of American fighters, the main problem. According to the military leader, Ukrainian air defense now destroys only about 75% of Russian cruise missiles and drones, while the rest hit their targets.
Moreover, at present, Russian aviation quantitatively and technologically overtakes Ukraine – the F-16 will allow Kyiv “gain air supremacy.” The air-to-air missiles, with which the fighters are equipped, will make it possible to repel the Russian air force from the borders, and the anti-missile missiles “can easily drive the entire enemy fleet either into ports or onto the seabed”. Oleshchuk added that the supply of F-16s would also help solve the shortage of spare parts and ammunition for Soviet aircraft currently in service.
Former Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces Valery Zaluzhny address to Kyiv’s partners and called for the supply of F-16 fighter jets to Ukraine. However, in Pentagon declared on the reluctance to transfer American fighters to Ukraine. According to the Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff UNITED STATES Admiral Christopher Grady, this procedure would be costly and impractical.