BLUFRussia has a considerable advantage in the number of fighter jets compared to Ukraine. But numbers do not always equate to a capability advantage.
This article by Kris Osborn, writing for 19FortyFive, makes the following points:
- Ukraine operates less than 70 fighter aircraft, compared with Russia’s 773.
- Russian military pilots appear to be risk-averse in high-threat areas.
- The inability of Russian aircraft to network effectively is likely to have a detrimental effect on Russian air power capability.
- Effective air power capability relies on so much more than just platform numbers see: AP40_Air-Force-Capability-Guide-2020.pdf (airforce.gov.au)
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References from the Web:
- SEP 2022 Success denied: Finding ground truth in the air war over Ukraine—Defense News
- FEB 2023 Russian Air Force ‘Has Lot of Capability Left’ One Year On From Ukraine Invasion—Air & Space Forces Magazine
- Article Source: Military, Defense & National Security News: 19FortyFive
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