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- Sep 20, 2017
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While I'm all for supplying Ukraine with everything they need to defeat Russia, F16s will present the most expensive as well as the most vulnerable platform we can give them.Looks like we are gonna give them F16 that we are retiring.
F16 require well supplied, centralized and sophisticated air field infrastructure, not the distributed airfields and impromptu runways that UA AF has used to survive to date. That centralized infrastructure will become obvious and vulnerable target for Russian ballistic missiles, from which Ukraine has no defense at the present time. So now you overlay the expanse requirements for effective multi-tiered AAA coverage of those assets.
Air defense upgrades, not F-16s, are a winning strategy for Ukraine
The U.S. and its allies and partners should act immediately to increase the production of current air-denial weapons and the development of future systems.
All of the above is possible, but you also need to optimize ROI on what is likely to have become a fixed budget from US congressional funding perspective.
I'm not sure that building air superiority capability for UA AF is viable anymore.
The Russian Air War and Ukrainian Requirements for Air Defence
Further Western support is needed to ensure that Kyiv can counter Moscow's updated approach to the air war in Ukraine.