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DECEMBER 2022

US Unlikely To Provide Ukraine With Fighter Jets

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US Unlikely To Provide Ukraine With Fighter Jets

A US fighter jet during practice maneuvers over the desert  (Credit: US Air Force by Master Sgt. Benjamin Bloker)

Supplying Ukraine with fighter jets will not change the course of the war.

Written by Ahmed Adel, Cairo-based geopolitics and political economy researcher

There is a debate in the US about providing further military support for Ukraine, particularly on whether F-16, F-15 and A-10 fighter aircraft should be transferred. However, the biggest concern from Washington’s perspective is that it could escalate the war and the fact that advanced American technology could end up in the hands of Russia.

Although the White House promised unconditional military support to Kiev, there is no consensus on this issue in Washington. Recently, Chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee Jack Reed publicly expressed doubts about the need to send fighter jets to Ukraine.

It is recalled that the US House of Representatives proposed to allocate $100 million to teach Ukrainian pilots how to fly American fighter jets. This idea was shot down though as there are concerns that Western military technology could fall into the hands of Russia. A lot can be learned from the wreckages of destroyed aircraft, such as understanding the design features and materials used, as well as studying the remnants of radio electronics and communication and navigational means. This is a scenario that the US wants to avoid.

Washington is also concerned that Western aviation may lose to Russian air defence systems, something that would not only be humiliating, but also affect potential sales on the world arms market. Another factor is that it is impossible to train fighter pilots in only a single month, especially to a level to be effective against Russian fighter jets and air defence systems.

The US has made it clear that they do not expect the conflict to escalate beyond its current level. Ukraine having advanced American aircraft, with a potential of hitting targets deep in Russian territory, would certainly escalate the war.

When US Secretary of the Air Force Frank Kendall was asked in late July if the US would consider giving Ukraine A-10s attack aircraft, he did not rule it out in the long term.

“Older US systems are a possibility,” Kendall said when speaking at the Aspen Security Forum. “As Ukraine, which is pretty busy dealing with the right-now problem, tries to sort out what its future will be longer term, we will be open to discussions with them about what their requirements are and how we might be able to satisfy them.”

The problem with this is, as highlighted in late August by US Under Secretary of Defence for Political Affairs Colin Kahl, that even if Washington decided to provide the aircraft, the process will take years. In addition to training personnel, it is also necessary to build maintenance infrastructure.

According to the Russian Ministry of Defence, since the Russian military operation in Ukraine began in February, more than 300 Ukrainian planes and helicopters have been destroyed. In the Ukrainian Air Force’s current service, there are not many aircraft that can take off. It is known that some aircraft have been upgraded to suit Western HARM anti-radar missiles, but even Kiev admits that it is not enough to significantly influence the course of the war.

There exists an even more serious problem than equipment though – trained crew being able to fly aircraft. Nearly all of Ukraine’s qualified flight personnel have been killed in the fighting. Reports claim that Kiev fast-tracked cadets from the Kharkov Military Academy into the fighting despite not yet completing their training. They were shot down in their first sorties.

Due to these issues, it is unlikely that the US will decide to deliver fighter aircraft to Ukraine. This has not stopped the US from pumping other weapons to Ukraine though. Furthermore, NATO members have agreed on new deliveries of other weapons.

The US Department of Defence announced the allocation of a new aid package worth $675 million. These include GMLRS precision-guided missiles for the HIMARS multiple launch rocket system, four 105mm cannons with ammunition, 100 HMMWV armored vehicles, 50 medical vehicles, anti-radar missile systems, anti-tank systems, remote minelaying equipment, night vision kits and other equipment.

For their part, Poland and the Baltic States agreed to provide Ukraine with additional ammunition shipments, France with CAESAR 155 mm self-propelled howitzers, and the UK with M770 multiple launch rocket systems, Mastiff armored vehicles and armored personnel carriers. In addition, Germany promised to deliver the Iris-T air defence system with radar and reconnaissance UAV, which are being supplied directly from the factory because Germany’s reserves are exhausted.

Meanwhile, Kiev is constantly demanding more weapons and military equipment. Yet Ukraine’s allies and donors, especially in the EU, are finding it increasingly difficult to meet demand as it is impossible to not jeopardise their own defences, especially at a time when a cost-of-living and energy crisis grips the continent.

None-the-less, although debate continues in Washington, it is unlikely that fighter jets will be provided to Ukraine, especially as any realist understands that Russia has complete air control in Ukraine and it is impossible to reverse this without a direct intervention from third parties.

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Retired Troll

US is bankrupt and imploding, read the sobering analysis in Asia Times based on OECD stats. Their is more poverty in the US than in other shitholes like India. The Jews ate the rednecks lunch. LOL

Retired Troll

US is now officially classified as the third world country even by UN and OECD. The Jew bastards have bankrupted the dumbass redneck losers with endless lost wars while Asia at peace becomes stronger by the day. Russia, China and Iran, SCO, BRIICS are the future. The EU lapdogs and other assorted asskissers like Australia and Canada are also on a road to ruin.

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Banderitelivesdontmatter

If the USA manages to hold another vote after the 2024 election I would be surprised. flaming shitcan full of burning poop does not have a future

Censors KEEP OUT

The US and its satellites knew that their top of the crap aircraps would be all helpless preys in the sky to the predatory power of S-400s & S-500 of Russia. They are well aware of the inevitable fall of their Western associations.

Clyde

Aircraft that entered service over forty years ago are “advanced American technology”.

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Xsayarsa

Next time they will sent replicas of Custer´s 7th cavalry.

RootBier

The aircraft are not advanced. The equipment added later to modernize them, like sensors, jamming equipment, improved engine controls and the weapons they carry are advanced.

Rex is an austrian dog

Just leave it He s too dumb to figure that one

Clyde

The F-16 is the most common fighter on earth. The Americans even let their former Iraqi puppets fly it. Venezuela and Pakistan both operate the F-16, so the idea that double-secret special modern equipment has to be kept from the Russians by leaving the Ukrotards with their I-15s or whatever they have left, is ridiculous. Never stop Ukroderping.

Rex is an austrian dog

Totally unrelated with the subject of discussion but again you are too dumb to figure that out

Banderitelivesdontmatter

well, to be fair, it does manage to stay in the air longer than an f35…

marty

The REAL reason there won’t be any jets sent is the 2nd concern listed in this article. The equipment’s quality may prove to NOT be up to standards good enough to withstand Russian air defense systems. THAT problem alone should keep the Pentagram and DC elites up at night. It’s already been seen that many pieces of equipment sent over is not up to snuff against Russian Tech. The US does NOT have to worry that us technology should fall into Russian hands, it would just be reverse engineered and given the “Russian improvements” and then used against the West. Lofl here.

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hunter bidé lab pork !

Instead they gonna provide Cokies and Coke !!! and quatrabilions to the air…..but european faggots if you dont have gaz just take in the anus because usa is your “friend” Terorist Pimp !!!

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Xsayarsa

Send in Tom Cruise. It might help.

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MrX

No sane reason to send them fighter jets. They need months, perhaps years to train pilots, and these planes will be destroyed in matter of weeks, perhaps days. Other cheaper systems can achieve more than a few planes.

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Southfront resident nigha

Did you see what WWII antiques USAF is flying for reconisanse over Pooland, Rumania amd Bulgaria? They are flying exclusively Boeing 707s that were designed when Hitler was still alive 🤣🤣🤣🤣 Their advanced spy tech is rotary phones.

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Joseph Day

The biggest concern for Washington would be how quickly they get shot down. They don’t want to see how they would fair against a country with air defences, that would call there bluff

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A.H.

And why is Russia not shoting down the F16 from the illegal entity israhell when they comme bombing Syria? This will be the best publicity for Russian A.D. factories.

LaRata

Sent now to ukraine…can not wait to see then fall in flames….su35 vs f15 : su30sm vs f16 this wll be super…

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dj dd

‘None-the-less, although debate continues in Washington, it is unlikely that fighter jets will be provided to Ukraine, especially as any realist understands that Russia has complete air control in Ukraine and it is impossible to reverse this without a direct intervention from third parties.’

Russia doesn’t have complete control over Ukraine airspace now. During the first two months of the conflict – more of a yes, but not now. Ukraine has greatly expanded it’s control of her air space thanks to the western anti aircraft systems from NATO members and other European states.

For example Russia doesn’t fly deep into Ukrainian territories as it used to do during the first two months of the conflict and even more so is flight into the western Ukraine. Instead it relies on long range missiles quantity of sorties which in itself also has diminished over the past couple of months.

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TexasJudge

Russians sent their best planes and pilots to Vietnam to support the VC and kill Americans. They weren’t worried about starting a nuclear war back then, so why should the US now? I don’t have a dog in this fight but wouldn’t that be the same thing if the US did it now in Ukraine?

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Texas nigger

Shit up! And back to sucking my dick, bitch!

Jim

”Russia has complete air control in Ukraine”

This is a joke right?

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hunter bidé lab pork !

send dr Fraudi !!! to the guilhotine and then call a zcience ss freak to see if hes head is really off then kill the scientific anus !!

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gustavo

Of course, USA does not want to be ridiculous with his planes, Russia would shut them down inmediately, and USA would lose market.

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Banderitelivesdontmatter

The top US official also claimed that Ukraine’s air force has mostly remained intact since the start of the conflict, retaining about 80% of its fleet, contrary to reports from Russia.

The Russian military claims to have inflicted heavy losses on the Ukrainian air force throughout the conflict. As of Monday, it said it had destroyed 294 Ukrainian warplanes and 155 Ukrainian military helicopters.

Riddle me this Why would Ukraine need to ask the USA for F16 if it still has 80% of the aircraft Russia shot down, rocketed or captured?

LOL

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