Das amerikanische Fachmagazin Military Cognizance geht der Frage nach, weshalb die NATO die Lieferung von F-16 Fighting Falcon und F-15 Eagle an die Ukraine “übersieht” – oder wie der Autor Bakshi im Titel schreibt: “ignoriert”. Bakshi kommt zum Schluss:
- “Die Einführung von NATO-Flugzeugen in von Russland beherrschten Luftraum kommt einer NATO-Kriegserklärung an Moskau gleich, mit dem Potential, dass der Konflikt die Grenzen der Ukraine überschreitet.”
- “Russland könnte Nachschublinien in die Ukraine angreifen, so in Polen.”
The F-15 and F-16 fighter jets are regarded as two of the greatest in the world, so what has kept NATO from approving an offer to give these weapons to Ukraine?
According to a statement of the Ukrainian Air Force, the Ukrainian Air Force has requested that NATO deploy Western jets such as the F-16 Fighting Falcon and F-15 Eagle to assist this force in dealing with the Russian Federation’s military assault. Russia. According to the statement, the Ukrainian Air Force deems the possession of these aircraft important because they are advanced weapons that may assist improve their power. Ukraine believes that its pilots can be educated and ready to fly US-made jets in as little as two or three weeks. According to military analysts, controlling the F-15 or F-16 on the battlefield takes more time than the pilot training a skilled manipulator.
While pilots may quickly master the mechanics of operating a new cockpit, entering combat and dealing with battlefield scenarios is difficult. Surviving a war is challenging even for seasoned American pilots who have spent more time flying F-15s and F-16s than pilots from other countries. According to analysts, NATO is likely to reject Ukraine’s proposal because it is not only a difficult task, but it may also provide little benefits in comparison to giving other weaponry while posing a few more risks.