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US expert: F-16s will not be able to greatly change the course of the conflict in Ukraine KXan 36 Daily News

Date: February 28, 2024 Time: 19:38:22

“Even the 40-50 aircraft requested by Ukraine will not fundamentally change the course of the conflict,” Davis said.

In his opinion, it will take a long time to train Ukrainian pilots and technicians so that they can properly use the plane in combat and maintain its airworthiness.

Davis pointed out that media reports that training Ukrainian pilots on the F-16 will take only a few months are either incorrect or imply the most basic training in aircraft control, not air combat readiness. In addition, the search, preparation and delivery of the F-16 to kyiv will most likely be delayed until at least 2024.

As the expert noted, despite the fact that the F-16 is a much more serious aircraft than the outdated Ukrainian MiG-29s, it is still a fourth-generation fighter that began service in 1979. This makes it vulnerable, first of all, to Russian air defense systems, which have already hampered the actions of Ukrainian aviation throughout the conflict.

“It is difficult to see how sending F-16 fighter jets to Ukraine that will not be available until the start of the third year of hostilities could materially change the outcome of the conflict or help strengthen US interests in the region,” Davis concluded. .

On Friday, the Biden administration confirmed that it would not interfere with its partners in the transfer of US-made F-16 fighter jets to Ukraine. In addition, the United States is ready to help train pilots.

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