The Armed Forces of Ukraine must be strengthened by aircraft, SAM and Western-made tanks for the effective destruction of the Russian army
The Minister of Defense of Ukraine Oleksiy Reznikov outlined the following goals for obtaining weapons from partner countries as accurately as possible.
Of course, we are talking about heavy weapons and military equipment, without a sufficient number of which it is impossible to talk about successful large-scale offensive operations.
In general, Alexei Reznikov outlined the necessary weapons as follows:
● NATO-style MLRS and ammunition;
● complete replacement of some existing Soviet-style calibers with NATO standard platforms;
● attract hundreds of units of heavy armored vehicles, without which an effective counterattack is impossible;
● receive combat aircraft and air defense / missile defense equipment.
Based on this, it is possible to divide all these tasks into several separate areas. The first is the strengthening of artillery, both due to the increase in the number of HIMARS and M270 launchers, and the transition to NATO artillery systems in general.
The latter is extremely important because, according to the Ministry of Defense, Soviet guns are worn out, shells are not produced or very few.
It is also possible to note that it was thanks to the transfer of 155-mm systems of the Armed Forces that shell hunger was minimized . Because, as Oleksiy Reznikov said, the stocks of the Soviet standard on February 24 are already 10% less than the Allies gave us, in fact, since the end of April.
The second direction is to obtain heavy armored vehicles, also in the NATO standard, because, according to the head of the Ministry of Defense, “Soviet equipment is mostly obsolete and needs to be brought to combat.” It should also be remembered that, for example, after each shot of the same 125-mm shells for tanks, no more. And you need to take them from somewhere.
That is, the issue of obtaining M1 Abrams for Ukraine, because the strengthening of Leopard 2 due to the position of Germany seems extremely unlikely, most likely, is already being discussed.
And the most important thing in this list is to get fighter jets. Because this weapon is the most versatile, which solves the problem of air defense, gaining an advantage in the air and only after that – strikes on the enemy. At the same time, air and missile defenses will be deployed.
In addition, as Alexei Reznikov reiterated, the supply of all weapons should be in the form of integrated units that are immediately ready to perform combat missions, the so-called organic unit.
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