We talk with a leading air war expert about the Reaper downing, Polish M-29s and a provocative B-52 flight along Russian borders
Given the relatively small theater of operations and the dense multi level air defenses on both sides classic air power has not made a significant impact on the battlefield. Yes, drones have gotten through the defenses which were (are) designed to defeat old fashion air attacks which they seemed to have done. Additionally, modern air forces do not have the capability to launch hundreds of planes with thousands of tons of bombs. Those days are gone. The Russians and Ukrainians now have only the capability to launch "pin point" attacks. But in a country as large as Ukraine that doesn't seem too effective. Too many pin point targets out there and many seem to be quickly repaired. The future seems to belong to drones and cruise missiles, and to a smaller degree ballistic missiles. A few dozen additional fighters will make almost no difference at all.
A timely update on the transfer of MIG 29s to Ukraine and their potential impact. I still maintain that the biggest impact of the new aircraft is the much need lifting of the morale of the Ukrainian people. Except for the possible downside of attacking targets in Russia, I have yet to be persuaded that the transfers will have much impact on the conflict. More anti-air capability could make a difference, not F-16s. Since I don't keep up with the latest in aircraft advances, I greatly appreciated the update on the new Blackbird.