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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Su-57 Felon: Why Russia’s first stealth fighter has yet to fully ‘take-off’

The fifth-generation stealth fighter Su-57 is among Russia’s top airpower priorities, but the ambitious project has suffered from protracted development and testing and the production effort is yet to gather speed. Alexander Mladenov reports

Poland and Slovakia to transfer MiG-29 fleets to Ukraine

In a significant move to support Kyiv’s ongoing battle against invading Russian forces, Poland and Slovakia have pledged to donate their Soviet-era Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-29 Fulcrum fighters to Ukraine in the coming days

Russian Su-27 collides with USAF Reaper drone over Black Sea

A USAF MQ-9A Reaper was destroyed after it was intercepted by two Russian Aerospace Forces (RuAF) Sukhoi Su-27 Flankers during a routine intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) patrol in international airspace over the Black Sea on March 14.

Ukrainian fighter pilots use F-16 simulators at Morris ANGB

Two Ukrainian Air Force pilots are using F-16 flight simulators in the US as part of a programme to assess their training needs, a defense official has said

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Ukrainian fighter pilots could learn to fly Typhoons in just a few months

Ukrainian pilots could be trained to fly ex-RAF Typhoon fighter jets in a matter of months, a senior British MP has said

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Croatia to transfer Mi-8 Hip helicopters to Ukraine

Croatia will send 14 Mil Mi-8 Hip tactical transport helicopters to Ukraine in a bid to further bolster the war-torn nation’s airlift capacities as Russia continues its assault on the country and its sovereignty

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Ukraine-Russia War: An expert analysis of the first year

On the first anniversary of the war in Ukraine, Vladimir Trendafilovski provides a detailed analysis of the brutal conflict which began with Russia’s full-scale invasion on February 24, 2022

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How RAF Voyagers made NATO Eastern Flank patrols possible

RAF Typhoons have been a regular player in the combat air patrols over NATO’s Eastern Flank since February 24 last year, but without the RAF Voyager, the job would have been a lot more complicated, as Wg Cdr Mike Udall, Officer Commanding of 101 Sqn based at RAF Brize Norton, explains to Alan Warnes

Former US Army Black Hawk suddenly appears in Ukraine

Of all the rotorcraft that have been donated from Western allies to Ukraine as it continues to bare the brunt of invading Russian forces, it seems that the first US-built helicopter to be seen involved in the conflict – a UH-60A – has unexpectedly appeared in the service of the secretive Main Directorate of Intelligence of the Ministry of Defence of Ukraine

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How the Ukraine War has exposed the vulnerability of helicopters

Russia’s invasion began with a helicopter-borne assault on an airport outside Kyiv. Since then, helicopters have been vulnerable to battlefield air defence systems. Tim Ripley investigates