The biggest surprise of the 4-month war! Russia surprised everyone…

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The biggest surprise of the 4-month war! Russia surprised everyone...

While Russia’s inability to achieve air superiority in Ukraine is considered one of the biggest surprises of the war, US Air Force’s top general Charles Brown Jr. made striking statements on the subject.

The biggest surprise of the 4-month war! Russia surprised everyone...

Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, which they launched with the hope of capturing the capital Kiev within a week, came as a big surprise. But one of these surprises stunned not only Russia but also the rest of the world.

AIR SUPERIORITY ALSO AFFECTED THE GROUND OFFENSIVE

The war in Ukraine, which started on February 24, is in its 4th month and Russia has not been able to gain air control over Ukraine. The inability of Russian troops to shoot down Ukrainian warplanes and overcome anti-aircraft guns has also disrupted the army’s ground offensive, resulting in a major setback for Russia.

RUSSIA CONFRONTED WITH ITS OWN WEAPONS

So why is Russia’s failure to achieve air superiority such a big surprise? Senior US Air Force general Charles Brown Jr gives the answer as follows;

“Most of the weapons in Ukraine’s hands are the same as in Russia’s. So Russia actually faced its own weapons in Ukraine. It was expected that Russia would recognize enough of its own weapons, most of which it produces, and find a way to defeat them.”

UKRAINE USES WEAPONS OF SOVIET ORIGIN

Despite heavy arms aid from the West, Ukraine, like other former Soviet republics, still mostly uses military hardware of Soviet origin. For example, Ukraine’s defense fleet includes Su-24 and Su-25 attack aircraft and MiG-29 and Su-27 fighter jets, while Russia uses upgraded versions of these fighter and attack jets.

Ukraine uses its own military hardware as well as Soviet or Russian-origin air defense systems and missiles, some donated by neighboring countries.

While it is known that Ukrainian troops shot down Russian planes with the Soviet-designed S-300 air defense system, why Russian pilots did not know the vulnerabilities of the system they designed themselves has become one of the most discussed topics of recent days.

“THE RUSSIAN AIR FORCE IS NOT AS CAPABLE AS IT IS THOUGHT TO BE”

The absence of large-scale Russian airstrikes in Ukraine since the war began has confused observers, with military analysts suggesting that the Russian air force is not as capable as previously thought.

COMPARING THE USA AND RUSSIA

General Brown compared Russia’s performance in Ukraine to the US military’s performance during the first Gulf War in 1991, saying, “In the areas we wanted to clear, the first thing we did was establish air superiority over the areas where ground forces were operating. But the Russians don’t work that way. Russian troops couldn’t have gotten very far from where they were unless they were able to penetrate Ukrainian air defenses.”

“THINGS ARE BECOMING MUCH MORE DIFFICULT FOR RUSSIA”

Brown emphasized that the Ukrainian Army, backed by thousands of portable weapons, including US-made Stinger missiles provided by NATO countries, is now much more dynamic, making things much more difficult for Russia.

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