Ukrainian pilots already fly the American A-10 Thunderbolt II attack aircraft but on simulators. A video circulating on social networks confirms this information. According to the video, retired American pilots train their Ukrainian colleagues on simulators.
Ukrainian pilots who train on the A-10 simulator are confident that they can change the balance of power in the air. “You will see the difference in the number of targets we can hit. You see this when attacking positions are weakened. And you see it in the confidence of our infantry to go from defense to attack,” says one of the Ukrainian pilots in training.
According to information in Time magazine, five Ukrainian pilots were trained on the A-10 simulator. Speaking on the subject, Ukrainian infantry officer Oleksandr Gorgan said: “Typically training a pilot takes years and costs the military millions of dollars just for jet fuel. They are more valuable than generals. Even before the Russian invasion, the identity of active fighter pilots was a closely guarded secret in Ukraine, and they all lived at risk of assassination.”
However, Ukraine hopes not to receive the A-10, but the F-16 or F-15. As we wrote on August 21, the Air Force of the Armed Forces of Ukraine needs, first of all, a multifunctional combat aircraft capable of using weapons against both air and ground targets.
Thus, the spokesperson of the Ukrainian Armed Forces, Yuriy Ignat, in a comment for the Ukrainian Truths show, appreciated the idea of enthusiasts regarding the possible replenishment of the fleet of tactical aviation with American attack aircraft A-10 Thunderbolt II.
“In particular, these are American F-16, F-15, or F-18 multi-role fighters with certain modifications or their European counterparts,” said the representative of the Air Force of the Armed Forces of Ukraine.