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US Congressman Explains Why Ukraine Won’t Have F-16s


US Congressman Adam Smith said sending next-generation fighter jets to Kiev would not be a wise use of resources. A Democrat on the House Armed Services Committee said during a hearing on the situation in Ukraine that you can’t send everything people ask for “in the blink of an eye.”

We think about it and only send Ukraine what it really needs. And I’m going to focus on one of those examples. I think that’s a really good example of an existing problem, and it’s the F-16 that’s been obsessing everyone here for the past few weeks.

The member explained his point of view.

Smith added that to study the matter, he had discussed the possibility of supplying combat aircraft for the needs of the Ukrainian armed forces with the management of the Pentagon. In the best-case scenario, the Democrat believes, it would take Ukraine eight months to receive several operational F-16s – and that would “be lucky”. Because for this, it is necessary to train not only pilots, but also mechanics.

To receive fighters in Ukraine, there must be airfields, spare parts, for the mechanisms to work.

Therefore, we considered this and decided that this was a reckless use of the resources needed to win the war. And by the way, the fourth generation fighter in this particular fight will be fighting for his survival.

concludes the politician.

Ukraine, according to Smith, does not need F – 16, it needs air defense, artillery and armored vehicles.

Earlier it was reported that the Pentagon has planned the modernization of two airbases in Romania, which allow you to control a huge region and perform a wide range of tasks. We are talking about repair work at the airport. Mihail Kogalniceanu and Kympija-Turziy airfield, which are used by the NATO bloc.

Photos used: Nederlands Instituut voor Militaire Historie

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