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Ukraine's top priorities include destroying Russian air defense, military facilities, and leveraging F-16 advantages – military expert Zgurets

3 October, 2023 Tuesday

Ukraine's Defence Intelligence is currently working on these objectives while awaiting the arrival of new multi-purpose F-16 fighters to strengthen Ukraine's capabilities

Ben Wallace's remarks on the "revitalization" of the Ukrainian military

Former British Defense Minister, Ben Wallace, previously commented in The Telegraph about the need for Kyiv to “rejuvenate” its Armed Forces. He pointed out that while President Zelenskyy focuses on saving the young, Russia is quietly mobilizing everyone. However, it may not be entirely appropriate for a foreign minister, or a former one, to offer advice on such matters, which should primarily align with Ukraine's own mobilization strategy.

Instead, the focus should be on better preparation and strategic placement for potential recruits within the Ukrainian Armed Forces. This approach can have a more significant impact on the effectiveness of the military than simply considering age-related criteria. It's worth acknowledging that combat duties become increasingly challenging with age, particularly for individuals in their 50s compared to those in their 20s or 25s. Nevertheless, Ukrainian military leadership is well aware of these nuances and assesses the capabilities of individuals across different age groups and specialties when deploying them. Therefore, it's doubtful that Ukraine requires foreign advice in this regard; rather, it can benefit from foreign assistance, including support from the UK and training provided by foreign instructors to enhance our military capabilities.

Strike on the Smolensk Aviation Plant in Russia

An attack occurred on the Smolensk Aviation Plant in Russia on October 1, where missiles used by the invaders for terrorist attacks on Ukraine are produced.

According to the GUR (Main Intelligence Directorate), four strike drones were launched at the plant. Out of these, three successfully hit their target, causing significant damage to the production facilities of the Smolensk Aviation Plant. This facility, located approximately 300 kilometers from Ukraine's border, is part of the Tactical Missiles Corporation, responsible for manufacturing various modifications of Kh-59 missiles.

In essence, the GUR highlights our strategic priorities, which include targeting enemy air defense systems, military installations within the aggressor's territory, defense-industrial complexes, and facilities associated with the military and political leadership of the aggressor state.

Currently, our air force is actively engaged in countering enemy drones, and Ukraine is awaiting the reinforcement of its capabilities through the introduction of new F-16 multi-role fighters. The decision to provide Ukraine with these fighters was made by NATO countries in August 2023, following President Zelenskyy's visit to Denmark and the Netherlands. Ukrainian Air Force pilots are currently undergoing training abroad to become proficient in operating these versatile F-16 fighters.

Advantages of the F-16 fighter against the Russian Su-35

A Ukrainian Air Force pilot, known as Moonfish, currently training in the United States, shared that they aim to become proficient in flying the F-16 within 6-8 months. This training is essential because all pilots transitioning to the F-16 already have combat experience. The training program is tailored exclusively to Ukrainian needs, considering their combat experience and the specific missions they undertake with this aircraft.

When compared to the enemy's Su-35 aircraft, the F-16 holds several advantages. It excels in integrating weapon systems and exchanging information with other aircraft. Moonfish pointed out that the F-16 offers better protection than the Su-35 and also outperforms it in terms of missile capabilities and targeting systems in certain aspects. However, it's important to note that the enemy still maintains an advantage in terms of the quantity of aviation weaponry they possess.

Results of the International Defense Industries Forum in Kyiv

During the Defense Industries Forum on Friday, September 29, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy announced the formation of the Defense Industries Alliance and the world's first naval drone fleet.

Pavlo Verkhnyatsky, Director and Managing Partner of COSA, a member of the International Working Group on Russian Sanctions and a co-coordinator of the working group on security and aerospace at the U.S.-Ukraine Business Council (USUBC), praised the forum as a strong international representation of defense companies.

He noted that Ukraine's development of a foundational declaration for the Alliance is a positive political step. While immediate practical solutions may be lacking, it serves as a presidential call to engage in partnerships within the Ukrainian defense industry.

He believes that participation in this Alliance does not impose obligations on anyone, as most projects in this field proceed individually. Instead, it encourages international collaboration on projects funded by the upcoming fund created for this purpose.

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