upkeep might be ‘extraordinarily troublesome’ – Kiev

28 upkeep might be ‘extraordinarily troublesome’ – Kiev

Ukraine will battle to function each US-made and Soviet-era warplanes, the Air Pressure spokesman has mentioned

Ukraine will encounter difficulties sustaining the US-made F-16 fighter jets scheduled to reach within the nation later this yr, a spokesman for the Air Pressure has acknowledged.

Talking on nationwide TV on Saturday, Yury Ignat mentioned he was certain that Kiev would finally change from Soviet-era jets to Western warplanes, together with F-16s and in addition the Swedish-made Gripen. Stockholm earlier mentioned deliveries had been potential, however that it will first need to be accepted into NATO.

Nevertheless, in keeping with the official, till the Ukrainian navy transitions to new plane, it should face severe infrastructure challenges because it tries to take care of a number of varieties of jet concurrently – although infrastructure for NATO plane is comparatively standardized.

“Completely different nations have one, or at most two varieties of planes. As of in the present day, we have now 4 varieties of Soviet-era planes. We wish to tackle the Western F-16s and extra… It will likely be extraordinarily troublesome to take care of and function several types of plane,” Ignat mentioned.

Western nations introduced the creation of a coalition to assist Ukraine procure F-16 fighter jets and practice its pilots to fly the superior warplanes final yr, with Kiev officers anticipating the primary deliveries in 2024. The Netherlands and Denmark have spearheaded the trouble, promising to donate as much as 61 planes of this kind.

Nevertheless, the Danish newspaper Berlingske reported earlier this month that the supply of F-16s by Copenhagen can be delayed by as much as six months. On the time, Ignat cautioned towards making a “catastrophe” out of the report, urging the general public to depend on official statements.

Russia, which has repeatedly condemned Western arms shipments to Ukraine, has warned that plane deliveries won’t assist Kiev drastically change the state of affairs on the frontline, whereas vowing to destroy F-16s together with different foreign-supplied tools.

In July, nonetheless, Russian International Minister Sergey Lavrov known as the upcoming deliveries a “harmful improvement,” recalling that some modifications of the F-16 can carry nuclear weapons.

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