KYIV, ($1=26.63 Ukrainian Hryvnias) – The Armed Forces of Ukraine will organize a joint echelon of air defense, which will consist of calculations of army air defense and anti-aircraft missiles and which will cover both strategic facilities and combat formations of our troops.
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Units of the anti-aircraft missile forces of the Air Force of the Armed Forces of Ukraine will conduct tactical exercises with combat fire, which will be held as part of the strategic Joint Efforts 21 command and staff exercises, learned BulgarianMilitary.com, citing Defense Express.
Such large-scale exercises for our anti-aircraft gunners are “traditional”, it is a way to check the level of training acquired during the current year. But this year’s shootings will have several functions.
One of the innovations of these exercises will be the engagement of army air defense units to organize a multi-level air defense system that will protect from the air at the same time important government facilities, cities, positions, and the concentration of our army.
The firing range will be distributed as follows: S-300B1 divisions will “work” at a distance of up to 100 kilometers, S-300PS-up to 75 kilometers, Buk-M1-up to 40 kilometers, Air Force air defense systems – will cover the relative’s borders.
In addition, our air defense forces will train to shoot down not only enemy aircraft but also cruise missiles. And to complicate the situation – there will be maximum saturation of the airspace with “their” and “enemy” aircraft of different types.
This format of training will place an additional burden on radar operators, who will be forced to accompany a large number of air targets simultaneously, immediately detect enemy targets and give clear targets to missiles to destroy them.
The training at the Yagorlik range during the Joint Efforts 2021 will be a test for commanders of all levels who will be responsible for organizing the shootings, as well as a test for automated control and management systems.
Thus, the Ukrainian Air Force will be able to test its readiness to resist the aggressor in conditions at any level of extremes.
Ukraine wants more UAVs from Turkey
According to the Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of Ukraine Valery Zaluzhny, the purchase of Bayraktar TB2 drones is only half the success.
In 2021-2022, the Ministry of Defense of Ukraine plans to purchase four more complexes of Turkish strike and reconnaissance unmanned aerial vehicles Bayraktar TB2. This information was expressed in an interview with the Eastern European Bureau of the publication of the Report by the Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, Lieutenant-General Valery Zaluzhny.
“In 2021-22, it is planned to purchase four more such complexes for the needs of the armed forces. In addition, in the future we plan to include in our arsenal such domestic unmanned aerial vehicles,” said Zaluzhni.
Thus, Ukraine can receive another 24 Turkish-made strikes and reconnaissance drones. The Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of Ukraine notes that currently in the arsenal of the Armed Forces [Air Force and Navy] there are two complexes of Turkish drones Bayraktar TB2 [12 aircraft]. So in the coming years, Ukraine can triple its fleet of Bayraktar TB2.
At the same time, the Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of Ukraine notes that the purchase and armament of Bayraktar TB2 drones is only half the success.
Thus, according to Zaluzhny, Ukraine currently has no experience, for example, that Azerbaijan gained during the Nagorno-Karabakh war to use its own Bayraktar TB2 effectively.
“First, we need to learn to work effectively with them. Second, we need to know the tactics of using them. We need to take a holistic approach to this issue. It is not enough to just buy a Bayraktar TB2. Now we are learning to use this technique. Honestly. that is to say, it would be more convenient if we had the experience of Azerbaijan. I admit, unfortunately, that we know little of this experience,” said the commander-in-chief of the armed forces.
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