The Armed Forces of Ukraine explained how F-16 fighters will help at the front
Among all modern fighters, Ukraine wants to get the F-16, since it is multifunctional, the pilots could perform both combat missions and strengthen sky protection, the command spokesman said Air Force of the Armed Forces of Ukraine Yuriy Ignat.
“The transfer of aircraft from the allies would greatly help Ukraine on the way to victory and de-occupation of our lands. How long will it take – here one can speak rather conditionally, because there are extremely long terms, and in war conditions such terms for training pilots and aviation engineers are not suitable in war conditions, & ndash; said Ignat.
According to him, the pilots say that they can master the planes in a few weeks. But, as Ignat explained, flying and landing – this is one thing, but to fight on these fighters is another.
"Namely, to use all types of weapons that the same F-16 – an aircraft that can strike ground targets with various types of weapons (bombs, missiles, etc.), as well as become part of the air defense, protecting the sky from air attacks. Therefore, this type of multi-role aircraft, which is the most common in the world today (the F-16 is one of them), could be the best candidate for the Air Force to become the main type of multi-role aircraft, & ndash; Ignat explained.
He recalled that Ukraine has four types of aircraft in service: Su-27 and MiG-29 (fighters), Su-25 (attack aircraft) and Su-24 (bomber).
“But the F-16 can combine and perform all these functions of four aircraft. Therefore, more attention is paid to it to provide Ukraine”, & ndash; said the representative of the command of the Air Force of the Armed Forces of Ukraine.
He also said that the list of pilots who, in the event of the transfer of the F-16 will fly them, has already been drawn up.
"This list is already long time ready. Maybe there will be some changes, because we have a war. Commander of the Air Force of the Armed Forces of Ukraine Mykola Oleshchuk has already approved it. And we are talking not only about the need for pilots, but also for aviation engineers, etc.”, – noted Ignat.
Prepared by: Nina Petrovich