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Ukraine Needs Multirole Fighters More, Than A-10s – Ukrainian Air Force Command

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Ukraine Needs Multirole Fighters More, Than A-10s – Ukrainian Air Force Command

The reason is that the russians have too dense anti-aircraft defense, which makes it difficult to use attack aircraft of any type

Ukrainian Air Force needs first of all a multifunctional combat aircraft that is capable of using weapons on both air and ground targets. These can be the F-15, F-16 or F-18 fighters of certain modifications, or their European analogues. At the same time, planned training to work on American A-10 air support jets is not conducted for Ukraine’s pilots. This was stated by the spokesman of the Air Force Command of Ukraine Yuriy Ignat, commenting on the possible transfer of the A-10 aircraft to Ukraine, Kryla reports.

Ukraine Needs Multirole Fighters More, Than A-10s – Ukrainian Air Force Command, Defense Express, war in Ukraine, Russian-Ukrainian war
The A-10 with the Ukrainian Air Force camouflage / Illustrative picture from open sources

In particular, Yuriy Ignat explained that in the conditions of the current war, the combat work of air support jets is complicated due to russia’s dense anti-aircraft defense.

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Both russian forces and the Armed Forces of Ukraine apply the Su-25 jet mainly using the same method - launching unguided rockets in the tailing mode, from a long distance and without direct visibility of the target.

Under such conditions, it won’t be possible to use one of the main advantages of the A-10 – the seven-barreled 30 mm GAU-8 Avenger gun, which is highly effective in destroying targets emitting the famous "brrrrrrt" sound.

The successful experience of using the A-10 in 1991 in Iraq was due to total elimination of Iraqi military aviation and air defense systems beforehand. Therefore, the Thunderbolt II operated in the conditions of total dominance of the Allies in the air.

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