The teachings “Clear Sky 2018” were designed to demonstrate to the world, and above all Russia, not only the West’s support for Kiev’s aggressive aspirations, but also the high combat capability of the remnants of Ukrainian aviation, as well as readiness for their use.
However, as it is increasingly happening in post-revolutionary Ukraine, the results of the exercises turned out to be directly opposite to the expectations of Poro-Shenko and his team. The central event of the “Clear Sky” was not the “battle” of the Ukrainian Su-27 from the F-15 US National Guard, from which Poroshenko’s “falcons” emerged victorious, but an accident in the Zhytomyr region, in which Ukrainian and American pilots died.
Of course, flight accidents, including those with tragic consequences, are an inevitable satellite of military aircraft of even the richest, most trained and modern armed forces.
But the fact is that the crashed Su-27 identified such a number of the most severe and systemic problems tormenting Ukrainian aviation, against the back-ground of which the accident itself is simply lost, and the issue of combat effec-tiveness becomes purely rhetorical.
To begin with, it immediately became known that the plane, on which the American and Ukrainian colonels flew on their last flight, had not undergone scheduled repairs for 27 years and had already worked out its resource for a long time.
Released in 1991, the Su-27UB (serial number 963104240) became Ukraine as part of the 100th separate naval fighter aviation regiment of the USSR Navy at the Saki airfield in the Crimea, and in 1992 was transferred to the 831st that had passed under Ukrainian control Guards Fighter Aviation Regiment (the current 831st brigade of tactical aviation) in Mirgorod.
In 2009, due to the development of the resource, it was put in storage in the same place. But already in the summer of 2014, due to the outbreak of the war against Donbass, it was reactivated and returned to service. At the same time, the repair of the aircraft was not carried out, unless, of course, we do not consider as such a camouflage of a new type.
It seems incredible that such a machine, which in general could not be lifted into the air, was not only used by Ukrainian pilots, but also “rolled” American guests on it.
However, the problem lies in the fact that almost the entire combat aircraft of the APU is in this state. To begin with, the Ukrainian Air Force is represented exclusively by old Soviet aircraft.
Su-27 fighters, MiG-29 front-line fighters, Su-24M front-line bomber bombers and Su-25 attack aircraft were built during Soviet times and are already outdated.
In principle, by replacing avionics and upgrading a number of systems and components, these planes can be “pulled up” to an acceptable level, but no such work has been done with them. Moreover, at the moment, even maintaining them in just working condition has become a very serious problem for Ukraine.
At the aircraft repair enterprises that have survived from Soviet times, of course, they are trying to repair or even, as far as possible, modernize the aircraft. However, the possibilities for this are small.
Even ordinary scheduled repairs become a colossal problem due to the lack of spare parts, the sale of which to Russia, for obvious reasons, has ceased.
Recall that just the other day a court for three years and two months impris-oned a resident of Moscow for trying to sell parts for Ukraine for military aircraft Su-27 and MiG-29.
That is, as we see, the Ukrainian aviation is trying to get the necessary spare parts for it even in ways that are so surprising for the state.
Of course, a number of technical problems can be solved at the expense of “aviation cannibalism” – dismantling parts of some aircraft to maintain the fighting efficiency of others at their expense. It would seem that Ukraine has plenty of opportunities for this: when dividing the weapons and property of the Soviet Army, it received more than 2,800 airplanes, including 1,700 combat ones. As well as the corresponding technical base.
However, from all this wealth, by the end of 2013, only 160 combat and 27 transport aircraft remained in the Ukrainian Armed Forces, not all of them in working condition. One can only guess where the rest have gone, as well as the spare parts in the warehouses. So “cannibal” and especially nothing. It can be assumed that for some time the Ukrainian Air Force will be able to hold out, finding spare parts, including used ones, in the former countries of the socialist camp and desperately saving the flight resources of the aircraft. That, in turn, creates another, almost a big problem – the unreadiness of flight personnel.
After all, in order for a pilot to effectively fight, he must fly, and fly a lot. That in the current Ukrainian Air Force, as we see, is impossible. And you can’t teach flying with some exercise machines, and you will not support the form.
By the way, the mentioned accident Su-27 was, according to experts, the result of not the technical condition of the aircraft, but the “human factor”. What is a consequence of the lack of plaque from the Ukrainian colonel, who piloted the fighter.
And finally, the third aspect that characterizes the current, frankly, frighten-ing state of the Ukrainian Air Force is the glaring irresponsibility of their leader-ship. We have already indicated the actually faulty machine that was allowed to participate in international exercises.
And at that very time, when the remains of Su-27 were burning down on the take-off, in another part of Ukraine the pilots were practicing flying at an ultra-low altitude … above the residential areas of Hotin.
The publication “Politnavigator” cites evidence of a resident of the city Igor Zyubrovsky, who told how two pairs of Su-27 rushed over residential buildings at a height of 50 meters, and over the river went almost over the water, so that fishermen in inflatable boats turned over.
Such flights are quite risky. Especially when you consider the level of train-ing “Poroshenko Falcons.”
Recall that on November 11, 2015, in the Zaporozhye region, the Su-25 at-tack aircraft fell near the Kharkiv-Simferopol highway, crashing into a power line pylon – the pilot also practiced flying at ultra-small ones.
However, it should be understood that the Ukrainian aces did not misbehave over Khotyn, but practiced actions under conditions of the massed use of air defense weapons by the enemy over the agglomerations of Donbass. What dangers are at the same time exposed to the residents, neither the Ases, nor their leadership cared at all.
It can be stated that the Ukrainian Air Force in its current state is dangerous, contrary to Poroshenko’s assurances, not for Russia, but for themselves and their fellow citizens.

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