Ukraine needs to strengthen short-range air defense: Ihnat pointed out key challenges
In addition to modern F-16 fighters and long-range air defense systems, Ukraine also needs to strengthen its short-range air defense to destroy enemy attack UAVs. Destruction of Russian drones with missiles may lead to their shortage.
This was stated by Yuriy Ihnat, spokesman for the Air Force Command of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, during a briefing at the Media Center Ukraine. He noted that Ukraine is waiting for the transfer of F-16 aircraft, which will help ensure air superiority and reduce the activity of enemy aircraft, especially in the southern and eastern directions.
Ihnat also noted that Ukraine is now waiting for positive messages from Washington on the provision of additional systems to protect the country, as well as the results of Rammstein.
"The decisions that will be made are related to strengthening our air defense. In particular, we are talking not only about long-range Patriot, IRIS-T and NASAMS systems but also about short-range air defense, which is capable of destroying drones effectively and automatically," the spokesman said.
He added that the enemy is using attack drones during its attacks en masse, so Ukraine needs effective and rational weapons to destroy them, as spending missiles to destroy the drones can lead to their shortage.
"We need to understand that strengthening small air defense and mobile fire groups is necessary to eliminate attack UAVs," Ihnat concluded.
It was reported that explosions in the territories temporarily occupied by Russia, including the occupiers' military facilities in Crimea, will continue. According to the spokesman for the Air Force of the Armed Forces of Ukraine Yuriy Ihnat, Ukraine needs to destroy the occupiers and their logistics, as this may affect the course of hostilities.
As a reminder, on the night of September 21, the Security Service of Ukraine and the Navy launched a large-scale fire attack on the Saki military airfield in the temporarily occupied Crimea. There were at least 12 combat aircraft.