Yuri Ignat noted that the aircraft have an obsolete system.
Soviet MiG-29 fighter jets promised by Western partners to Ukraine will help strengthen Ukraine’s defenses. They will not be able to provide security from the air terror of the Russian Federation.
“This will enhance our capabilities, the aircraft perform a number of functions: patrolling the airspace of Ukraine, fighter cover (covering strike groups of attack aircraft and bombers), MiG-29 aircraft also strike with HARM anti-radar missiles against enemy air defenses, and during massive missile attacks they try to intercept and cruise missiles, and Shahed kamikaze drones,” said Colonel Yury Ignat, speaker of the Air Force of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, on the air of the telethon.
At the same time, he pointed out that the promised MiGs are not an effective weapon against Russian terror.
“Their obsolete missiles, radars and the aircraft’s on-board radar station cannot be very effective,” Ignat summed up.
Fighters for Ukraine – what is known
Kyiv asked to transfer F-16 fighters for the needs of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, but this issue has not yet been resolved. At the same time, Ukraine’s Western allies intend to hand over other aircraft.
On March 16, Polish President Andrzej Duda announced that Warsaw would transfer four MiG-29 aircraft to the Armed Forces of Ukraine, and 10 more would be transferred to Kyiv within a year.
The next day, the Slovak authorities announced that they had decided to transfer the MiG-29 to Ukraine. In total, Kyiv plans to give 13 aircraft.
The Kremlin, of course, threw a tantrum. Putin’s spokesman said that NATO member countries are “increasing their level of direct involvement in the ‘conflict’.”