Poland promised on the 16th that it would send 4 MiG-29 fightersukrainebecame the first military aid fighterNATOmember countries. A spokesman for the Ukrainian Air Force expressed gratitude, but still stressed that they urgently needed Western-made fourth-generation multi-role modern fighters to ensure victory in the war against Russia.
According to CNN and BBC news reports, Poland has taken possession of about 12 MiG-29 fighter jets from the former East Germany, and this time 4 of the military aid to Ukraine came from them. President Andrzej Duda explained that the fighters would be handed over in the next few days after maintenance, “When it comes to the MiG-29s that are still guarding the skies of Poland, the decision has been taken at the highest level And we can say with confidence that, we are sending MiGs to Ukraine,” adding that other MiG-29 fighters will be handed over in the future.
Ukrainian Pravda (Ukrainian Pravda) reported that Ukrainian Air Force spokesman Yuriy Ihnat (Yuriy Ihnat) insisted that Poland should be grateful for the initiative, but still believed that the Ukrainian military should be equipped with Western-built There is an urgent need for modern multi-role fighter aircraft of the fourth generation. F-16 to gain advantage over the Russian military in the sky, and can effectively attack the Russian military’s ground targets.
Inat said that the MiG-29 fighters handed over by Poland will improve the combat capability of the Ukrainian Air Force to some extent, because it is a model that has been deployed in daily operations, so it has serious wear and tear, but He then changed the subject saying, “Don’t forget, these are Soviet aircraft, not modern Western-built fighters. So, roughly speaking, they are unlikely to significantly change the situation on the contact line.” “
Inat said that Western countries are likely to upgrade their MiG-29 fighters to a certain extent in order to ensure interoperability with other NATO countries (interoperable), “for example, airborne equipment, communications and friend-or -Enemy systems will all be modified.” But by its nature it is still a Soviet aircraft. To gain an advantage over enemy forces, we need modern multi-role western fighter aircraft.
But,white HouseOn the same day, it said that Poland’s decision to provide military assistance for the fighter jets was a “sovereign decision” (sovereign decision) and would not prompt President Biden to provide military assistance for the F-16 fighter jets. “It doesn’t change our calculus with the F-16,” said John Kirby, strategic communications coordinator for the White House National Security Council.