"Have to understand": Yurii Ihnat explained the difficulty of training Ukrainian pilots on Western aircraft
The control systems of Western and Soviet combat fighters differ significantly. That's why Ukrainian defenders traveled to the United States to determine how much time and money was needed for possible training.
Yurii Ihnat, a spokesman for the Ukrainian Air Force, said this during a "United News" telethon. Currently, Western partners want to understand the level of training of Ukrainian pilots.
"The philosophy of managing Soviet equipment is somewhat different than the philosophy of managing Western equipment. I gave an example: even the control knob of Soviet airplanes and fighters is located in the middle, while in Western aircraft it is on the side. Onboard equipment that needs to be understood as well, how it works," he explained.
Ihnat noted that not only Ukrainian pilots but also military engineers who ensure the operation of aviation should undergo training to master Western aircraft.
It is worth adding that the United States is evaluating Ukrainian pilots for possible training on F-16 fighters. The Arizona Air National Guard is working with the group of Ukrainian defenders.
To recap, NATO explained why its allies are delaying the delivery of fighter jets to Ukraine. The pilots of the Ukrainian Armed Forces need military support now, while providing combat aircraft will take much longer.
The first F-16 combat aircraft may appear in our country in the period from three to eight months.
As OBOZREVATEL reported, the Prime Minister of Latvia said that Ukraine would receive fighter jets from its Western partners. It is only a matter of time.
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