Espreso. Global

Russia is concerned about future delivery of Western fighter jets to Ukraine - British intelligence

17 November, 2023 Friday
14:13

Russia has accelerated integrating its A-50 AEW&C and  SA-21 air defense missile systems due to fears of Western warplanes in Ukraine

The UK Ministry of Defense reported the information.

Russia has likely begun using the A-50 MAINSTAY D aircraft for the first time to detect targets over Ukraine for its SA-21 long-range ground-based air defense missile system. This complements the A-50's core mission of coordinating fighter aircraft.

Compared to the usual SA-21 ground-based radar, the MAINSTAY can use its radar to detect enemy aircraft at longer ranges because its altitude allows it to see further around the curvature of the earth.

"Russia has likely accelerated integrating MAINSTAY and SA-21 partially because it is concerned about the prospect of Ukraine deploying Western-provided combat aircraft. There is a realistic possibility that Russia will accept more risk by flying MAINSTAY closer to the front line in order to effectively carry out its new role," the intelligence service says.

F-16 fighter jets for Ukraine: what is known

On May 21, US President Joe Biden approved the training of Ukrainians on F-16s. Volodymyr Zelenskyy assured that Ukraine would not use these aircraft to strike at Russian territory. 

Ukraine's Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba says that the first F-16 fighter jets are likely to fly in Ukraine's skies by the end of March 2024.

On May 25, at a meeting in the Ramstein format, it was announced that the coalition to train the Ukrainian Armed Forces with F-16s would be led by Denmark and the Netherlands and would include four other countries: Norway, Belgium, Portugal, and Poland. 

On September 15, Belgium joined the training of Ukrainian pilots on F-16s. The Belgian Ministry of Defense had previously said it would not provide Ukraine with F-16 fighters, but later the government suggested that several F-16s might be delivered to Ukraine next year. In 2024, the Netherlands plans to provide Ukraine with the first batch of F-16 fighters.

On October 11, Danish Defense Minister Troels Lund Poulsen said that the country would be able to deliver the first F-16s to Ukraine in March-April 2024.

On October 12, it was reported that the Netherlands will send F-16s to Romania, where Ukrainian pilots will begin training in a few weeks.

On October 26, Ukrainian pilots began flight training on F-16 fighter jets at an air base in Arizona, USA.

On November 1, the Pentagon said that the training in Arizona could last from 5 to 9 months.

On November 7, five Dutch F-16 fighters arrived in Romania, where a training center for Ukrainian and Romanian pilots will soon open.




 
Read also:
  • News
2023, Wednesday
29 November
13:41
Updated
Ukraine Intelligence Chief's wife was poisoned with arsenic and mercury - sources
13:26
Zaporizhzhia locals refuse collaboration as Russians lack administrative staff, says Regional Council member Ashurbekov
13:12
Ukraine's troops attack building with Russian militants in Kherson region: 5 invaders eliminated
12:55
Review
Weather isn't primary factor influencing pace of hostilities – military expert Serhiy Zgurets
12:43
Russia increases use of cluster bombs — British intelligence
12:19
Exclusive
Russian troops suffer up to 95% of losses in assaults - National Guard Major Nahornyi
12:00
"We are ready": Russia's Foreign Ministry says war with NATO is possible
11:41
25 Ukrainian truckers blocked at border agree to evacuate from Poland — Ministry of Infrastructure
11:10
Russia attacks Ukraine with drones: agricultural enterprise damaged in Khmelnytskyi region
10:48
Ukrainian troops eliminate 1140 invaders, 15 tanks and 32 artillery systems in 24 hours - General Staff
10:15
Russia claims Ukrainian drone attack in Moscow region
09:40
ISW: Ukraine continues attacks south of Bakhmut, Russia advances along Kupyansk-Svatove-Kreminna line
2023, Tuesday
28 November
22:00
Review
Victorious news of 643rd day of war: Russian soldiers neutralized in Mariupol, explosions heard in occupied Tokmak
21:45
Ukrainian air defense shoots down Merlin-VR reconnaissance UAV - General Staff
21:27
Ukrainian hackers show how Russian military propaganda machine works
21:10
Border guards raise Ukrainian flag in Kharkiv region, bordering Russia
20:55
Two Russia's region declare creation of Donbas commonwealth with terrorist LPR, DPR
20:37
OPINION
Partners persuade Kyiv to negotiate with Russia, seeking ‘favorable position’
20:20
Exclusive
Map of fighting in Zaporizhizhia region near Robotyne
Russia sets traps for Ukrainian army in Melitopol sector - serviceman
20:00
Scythian Gold presented in Ukraine after return from Netherlands
19:40
Exclusive
Russian forces use their units as bait near Bakhmut - 26th Artillery Brigade spokesman
19:25
Slovak truckers threaten to block main checkpoint on border with Ukraine
19:03
Russia destroys to ground some settlements in Kherson region - local governor
18:45
Russian forces attack Sumy region, killing civilians, including child
18:27
Russia shells enterprise in Toretsk, injuring 4 women
18:07
Ukrainian court leaves Kolomoisky in pretrial detention until January 26, 2024
17:49
Russia covers Sevastopol Bay with electronic warfare: satellite images
17:30
Exclusive
It's not easy to organize: former National Defense and Security Council official on Budanov's wife poisoning
17:15
Russia faces currency problems trading oil in Asia - Reuters
17:00
Bulgaria agrees to open airspace for Russian Foreign Minister's plane
16:45
NATO Foreign Ministers meeting on Russia's war against Ukraine, situation in Middle East begins
16:31
Progress despite biggest losses: British intelligence assesses Russian offensive on Avdiivka
16:18
Ukraine's special forces destroy Russian self-propelled Akatsiya. Video
16:05
Czech President Pavel explains why this year is decisive for war in Ukraine and why next year will be more difficult
15:48
Iran agrees with Russia to purchase military aircraft, helicopters
15:35
Russian military launches less kamikaze drones, ground infantry attacks continue — Tavria group of forces commander
15:17
Ukraine's drone destroys position of Russian machine gunners. Video
15:02
Russia attacks Nikopol with artillery: 1 civilian killed, 2 injured
14:43
Ukraine starts negotiations with Italy on security guarantees
14:23
Germany faces budget crisis due to war in Ukraine
More news