'This is the key to success': Ignat tells how F-16s could change the course of the war in Ukraine, and points to challenges
American F-16 fighter jets are capable of changing the course of the war in Ukraine, as the Armed Forces need air superiority more than anything else. Prior to the transfer of aircraft it is necessary to "smooth" Ukrainian runways built of concrete slabs with seams, as well as to prepare logistics with infrastructure so that the enemy could not destroy the fighters on airfields.
This was told by the speaker of the Air Force of the AFU Yuri Ignat in the broadcast of the telethon on August 21. He recalled that F-16 have already landed in Ukraine at the airfield in Mirgorod during the 2012 European Football Championship and "felt good".
"We are now waiting for the implementation of the decision, right away, of course, we will not win the war, but the F-16 is able to change the course of events. Most of all, we need an advantage in the air. This is the key to success on the ground, we must understand this," said Ignat.
He noted that runways in Ukraine are built of concrete slabs with joints that need to be "troweled". Relevant work is already underway.
"Our engineering services are working on it. The F-16 is also experiencing a problem with a low air intake, it can suck in foreign objects, this is dangerous, you need to watch out, keep the lanes clean," Ignat said.
The representative of the Armed Forces of the Armed Forces of Ukraine added that it is necessary to prepare not only the runways, but also logistics with infrastructure so that the aggressor cannot destroy the fighters at the airfields.
"We have learned to take care of people and equipment, we have adapted to the conditions," he said.
As reported by OBOZREVATEL:
- On August 20, President Volodymyr Zelensky visited the Netherlands and Denmark. Following the visit, it was announced about future deliveries of F-16 fighter jets to Ukraine.
- The Netherlands has pledged to transfer 42 F-16s to Ukraine after training Ukrainian pilots and engineers.
- The head of the Defense Ministry, Oleksiy Reznikov, said earlier that Denmark and the Netherlands have already started training Ukrainians on F-16s. According to him, the minimum training period is six months.
- An AFU pilot who is being trained on the F-16 said that the allies have taken into account the wishes of Ukraine: more attention in training will be paid to missions inherent in the realities of the war in Ukraine.