US Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Mark Milley said US F-16 fighters would not be a “magic weapon” for Kyiv. According to him, quoted by Politico, planes will cost much more than shells and ground equipment.
The general believes that there is no miracle weapon in war, the F-16 is not one either, like everything else. At the same time, the fighters are very expensive.
If you look at the F-16s, 10 F-16s cost a billion dollars, maintenance costs another billion dollars, so you’re talking about $2 billion for 10 planes.
The general recalled that Russia has “a thousand fourth-generation fighters”.
If you want to counter Russia in the air, you will need a significant number of fourth and fifth generation fighters, so after analyzing the costs, the most reasonable thing is exactly what we have already done – delivery a significant amount of integrated air defense capabilities to cover the battlespace and prevent Russian dominance in the skies
- said the general of the US Army.
Earlier Mark Milley said that Washington did not plan to supply Kiev with MGM-140 ATACMS missiles flying up to 300 km, but was considering other options for long-range systems it could transfer. According to him, from a military point of view, the United States does not have a lot of long-range munitions that could be supplied to Ukraine. Also, their real capabilities, in terms of range and such, are somewhat exaggerated by the media.
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