How Many Fighter Jets and Helicopters does russia Have at its Disposal?

russian Tu-95MS / Open source illustrative photo
russian Tu-95MS / Open source illustrative photo

The russian federation has at its disposal one and a half thousand fighter jets and helicopters of strategic aviation

On December 1, Yuriy Ignat, the spokesman of the Air Force of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, revealed this in an interview with journalist Dmytro Gordon.

The Tu-160 and its missiles, Defense Express
The Tu-160 and its missiles: either up to 12 units of Kh-101 or up to 12 units of Kh-555 / Illustrative photo from open sources

According to him, about thirty or forty russian aircraft have been concentrated at airbases in Belarus.

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"From Belarus, fighter jets rarely take off, but they still do. In russia, there is practically a military airfield in almost every city, and in Crimea, there are about five airfields," said the spokesman of the Air Force.

russian Su-34 aircraft, Defense Express
russian Su-34 aircraft / open source

Ignat also listed the main combat aircraft in the arsenal of the russian Ministry of Defense:

  • Tu-22 M3;
  • Tu-95;
  • Tu-160;
  • Su-24;
  • MiG-29;
  • Su-30;
  • Su-27;
  • Su-34;
  • Su-35;
  • Su-25;
  • helicopters Ka-52, Mi-24, Mi-28.

The Ministry of Defense in Britain has previously stated the real possibility that russia may take a greater risk by deploying the A-50 aircraft closer to the front line.

The A-50 Mainstay Airborne Early Warning and Control Aircraft, Defense Express
The A-50 Mainstay Airborne Early Warning and Control Aircraft (AEW&C) / Open source illustrative photo

Defense Express reported earlier, that British Minister Said russia Has Less Tu-22M3 and Tu-95MS Strategic Bombers Than Exists "On Paper".

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