The Ukrainian Air Force F-16 training enterprise is quickly taking shape. MS&T Editor Marty Kauchak provides the first periodic “deep dive” into the learning technologies supporting the establishment of that service’s mission-capable F-16 units.
A quickening pace of high-level and behind-closed-doors meetings last week continued to shape the nascent Ukrainian F-16 program, but this recent progress aside, it is increasingly evident Ukrainian Air Force-piloted F-16s will not be flying missions until early 2024. Group Editor Marty Kauchak investigates.
“Before the war, everyone in Ukraine thought simulation was a game,” said Michael Obod, an entrepreneur whose Ukraine-based Skiftech builds tactical simulation programs. “But they are very serious now and understand how to utilize it.”
The US and other nations continue to provide a broad range of war materiel to Ukraine. Belatedly, the oft-discussed transfer of F-16s to Ukraine is gathering speed. Group Editor Marty Kauchak explores the situation.
Cooperation between Rheinmetall and the Ukraine’s state-owned Ukroboronprom is intended to strengthen Ukraine’s defence industry and ultimately its national security through the step-by-step creation of joint defence technology capabilities that will be domiciled in Ukraine.
Signing on with the Wagner Group was supposed to be a ‘get out of jail’ card, but for tens of thousands of young Russian men it became a ticket to Hell. Like the once-vaunted Russian Army, which was expected to blitz through its neighbour within a matter of days, the Wagner reputation has similarly suffered in the crucible of conflict against a more highly motivated and better-trained foe.