Military expert Zgurets urges to address NATO's deficiency in ground-based air defense systems
NATO faces a shortage of ground-based air defense systems, and the focus should shift towards bolstering the F-16 fleet, as per Serhiy Zgurets, Defense Express military expert, regarding the situation in Ukraine's airspace
Zgurets made these remarks on Espreso.
"When we discuss the utilization of Russian attack drones, it's evident that the adversary is increasing production domestically and receiving supplies from Iran. We need a clear focus on reinforcing our air defense capabilities," Zgurets stated.
He also pointed out that Ukraine has been receiving various air defense systems through American aid packages.
"Avenger systems worked very well, shooting down Russian cruise missiles and drones with Stinger missiles," he commented.
Zgurets expects Ukraine's Air Defense Forces to continue countering drone threats. Regarding countering cruise missiles, he stressed the importance of building a robust air defense system around key Ukrainian cities and vital centers.
"It's crucial to note that NATO member countries currently face a shortage of ground-based systems for neutralizing enemy targets. Therefore, there's a growing emphasis on leveraging F-16 aircraft, capable of engaging various types of airborne threats," emphasized the analyst.
On the night of September 26, the enemy launched drones and rockets against Ukraine, causing damage to port infrastructure in the Odesa region and an infrastructure facility in the Cherkasy region. Additionally, a Russian missile struck Mykolaiv.