According to the commander of the ground forces, Alexander Syrsky, American A-10 aircraft, as well as attack helicopters, could play an important role in the advancement of Ukrainian forces.
Ukraine needs more military aircraft for combat, such as US A-10 attack aircraft to support infantry and aircraft capable of launching long-range cruise missiles. The commander of the Ukrainian ground forces, Alexander Syrsky, said this in an interview with Reuters on January 12.
Syrsky said the A-10 could provide decisive support to ground forces in intercepting the enemy’s initiative. He noted that these aircraft are designed to destroy “anything that opposes infantry.”
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“I would talk about the A-10 as one of the options if they give it to us … This is not a new machine, but a reliable one, proven in many wars, having a wide range of weapons to destroy ground targets in support of the infantry,” the general said.
The military leader also believes attack helicopters could play an important role. We are talking about such models as the AH-64 Apache, AH-1 Super Cobra and UH-60 Black Hawk.
Syrsky noted that Russian troops are continuously attacking on several sectors of the front, and Ukrainian forces are making small counterattacks. In his opinion, the likelihood of a turn in the war in favor of Ukraine still exists.
“I think there are always chances. You just need to find them and use them,” he said.
Let us recall that on January 4, US Department of Defense spokesman Patrick Ryder said that Ukrainian pilots could complete training on American F-16 fighters by the end of 2024. Oh stressed that it takes five to eight months to train pilots.
Earlier, on December 28, former special adviser to the commander in chief of Ukraine, Daniel Rice, said in a media commentary that the arrival of Western aircraft in Ukraine in large numbers should provide Ukraine with air superiority.