Ukraine Russia Conflict

The ongoing war between Russia and Ukraine involves the build-up and deployment of NATO air forces - including the US Air Force - across Eastern Europe. The combined experts of AirForces Monthly, Combat Aircraft Journal and Key.Aero offer analysis on NATO and Ukrainian aircraft movements; Russian and Ukrainian air defences and ongoing operations in the region.

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Ukrainian pilots begin F-16 training in Denmark as Norwegian 'Vipers' arrive

The Royal Danish Air Force has been training Ukrainian Air Force pilots to fly the F-16 Fighting Falcon at Skrydstrup Air Base since late December 2023, when the first six candidates arriving after completing a basic training course in the UK

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Ukraine charts success in New Year strikes against Russian forces

The Su-24M Fencer-D tactical bomber fleet of the Ukrainian Air Force has carried out yet another successful strike, using the UK/French-supplied Storm Shadow/SCALP-EG air-launched cruise missiles against high-value targets in Russian-occupied Crimea on December 26

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Argentina to donate two Mi-171E helicopters to Ukraine?

Following the visit of Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy to Argentina to mark the inauguration of newly elected Argentine President Javier Milei, it has been revealed that the Argentine Air Force is negotiating the donation of two currently out-of-service Mi-171E Hip-H transport helicopters to the Ukrainian Armed Forces

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An-225 Mriya: Antonov’s Lonely Giant

The Antonov An-225 Mriya was one of the early casualties of the Ukraine-Russia conflict, though the manufacturer has stated it will be rebuild the world's largest aircraft. Key Aero looks back at the achievements of this record-breaking heavylifter from the May 2021 issue of Aviation News

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Claims indicate that Russia is using MiG-35s against Ukraine

Sergei Korotkov, Designer General at the United Aircraft Corporation – a subsidiary of Russia’s state-owned Rostec State Corporation – has claimed that the MiG-35 Fulcrum-F has been deployed to support Russia’s so-called ‘Special Military Operation’ against Ukraine

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Ukrainian Su-24s destroy Russian corvette in Crimean shipyard strike

Late in the afternoon of November 4, the Ukrainian Air Force-operated Su-24M Fencer-Ds equipped with UK/French-supplied Storm Shadow/SCALP-EG air-launched cruise missiles struck yet another blow against a high-value target in the Russian-occupied Crimean peninsula

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First Dutch ‘Vipers’ arrive in Romania for Ukrainian F-16 pilot training

As preparations continue to be made for the training of Ukrainian Air Force air/ground crews on the Fighting Falcon, the Royal Netherlands Air Force delivered the first batch of its F-16AM/BM (MLU) fighters to the newly established European F-16 Training Centre (EFTC) at the Romanian Air Force’s 86th Air Base in Borcea, Romania, on November 7

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Sweden open to sending Gripens to Ukraine after joining NATO

On October 6, Swedish Defence Minister Pål Jonson announced that a transfer of JAS 39C/D Gripen multi-role fighters to Ukraine could be on the cards, although “domestic security reasons” mean that any such transfer “would be conditional on Sweden first becoming a member of NATO,” and thus covered by NATO’s collective defence commitments

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Belgium agrees to send outgoing F-16s to Ukraine from 2025

Brussels has pledged that Belgium will in fact join Denmark, Norway and the Netherlands in transferring some of its outgoing F-16AM/BM (MLU) Fighting Falcon fighters to Ukraine, though the first of an undisclosed number of jets will not be handed over to Kyiv until 2025

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How the Ukraine War has exposed vulnerabilities within Russia's Su-25 fleet

The protracted war in Ukraine has exposed key vulnerabilities of the ageing Su-25 fleet, leading to significant combat attrition while the type’s operational effectiveness has been unimpressive. This leads to a conclusion that the end of the Frogfoot’s career in Russia is in sight. Alexander Mladenov explains why