The authors of this article assert that Russia has failed to understand the importance of airpower in its invasion of Ukraine. And that, they claim, is the reason Russia’s invasion is struggling to make headway.


This article by Phillips Payson O’Brien and Edward Stringer, writing for The Atlantic, makes the following points:
  • Airpower should have been one of Russia’s greatest advantages over Ukraine, with almost 4,000 combat aircraft and extensive experience.
  • More than two months into the war, Russia’s air force is still fighting for control of the skies.
  • The failure of the Russian air force is the most important, but least discussed, story of the conflict so far.
  • The recent modernization of the Russian air force was mostly for show.
  • Money was wasted and the Russian air force continues to suffer from flawed logistics and lack of regular training.


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