The Russian Air Force, according to the Ukrainian MiG-29 pilot, has gained a lot of experience over months of conflict and continues to possess superior weaponry.
“The Russian Air Force has made far more intelligent decisions after learning from the early stages of the conflict. The A-50 command aircraft and Il-20 signal reconnaissance aircraft are now supporting their ongoing deployment of fighter patrols, according to the Ukrainian MiG-29 fighter pilot known as “Juice.” “said in an interview that the military website War Zone published on December 16.
Because it has a contemporary sensor array that can perform terrain reconnaissance by radar with great resolution, the Il-20 electronic intelligence and reconnaissance aircraft is one of Ukraine’s top worries. height, while the Il-20’s radio data collecting technology also enables it to listen in on conversations and pinpoint enemy radar stations from a great distance. The Il-22PP has been updated with additional anti-aircraft radar jamming capabilities. Along with Su-34 bombers outfitted with jamming and electronic intelligence complexes, Su-24MR reconnaissance aircraft, and Mi-8 helicopters with Rychag-AV complex, this is a part of Russia’s potent electronic warfare force.
“They operate essentially round-the-clock, constantly endangering the Ukrainian air defence forces. The heavy fighter Su-35S that is patrolling poses the biggest threat to us. It carries more than just missiles. In addition to anti-aircraft missiles, Khibiny jammer systems, anti-radar missiles, and Kh-31, “said Juice.
Apparently, the Russian Air Force (VKS) is dividing the combat airspace over Ukraine into eight zones, with two MiG aircraft stationed in each zone, according to a report from the Royal United Services Institute (RUSI) in London.
The R-37M long-range surface-to-air missile, a new armament that has been used since the middle of the year, is now always carried by the MiG-31BM and Su-35S squadrons.
The R-37M missile, according to the manufacturer, has a maximum range of 200 km, is more than 4 m long, almost 0.4 m in diameter, and weighs 510 kg. However, according to certain sources, the R-37M has a range of up to 300 km and has successfully hit targets during tests at a distance of 304 km. The missile has an active radar detector that can locate the target without the need for pilot modification after being fired.
“It poses a serious threat. Fortunately, we are aware of Russia’s strategies and have developed our own strategies to avoid conflict with this kind of missile. But it severely restricts our capacity to perform the task. The situation in the air is extremely dangerous and tough. If you are unaware that the rocket is approaching, your fate is thought to have already been chosen “Juice fessed up.
The Ukrainian pilots had to take on the forces of the private security firm Wagner in addition to the Russian air force. “Wagner pilots do not adhere to the safety regulations that regular pilots obey, which forbid them from flying too close to our air defence zone. They always accept dangerous missions, almost haphazardly, “Juice remarked.
Russian air defence has become more cautious since the Ukrainian air force began using HARM anti-radar missiles, but Ukrainian pilots still face a formidable foe in this.
“Because every aircraft in the sky poses a threat to air defence batteries, they frequently have to turn off their radar. Nevertheless, Russia has a layered and has a large number of air defence systems. All they have to do is turn it off radars in one direction while monitoring objects coming from different directions. Additionally, complexes like Pantsir possess an electro-optical radio that enables them to engage in combat without radar, “the pilot from Ukraine remarked.
Although HARM missiles make Ukrainian aircraft safer during operations, Juice acknowledges that Russian air defence is still a significant barrier. The pilot acknowledged that it was always perilous to be on the front lines.
Although the country has lost several air defence positions to guard Crimea from a distance due to the evacuation of troops from the city of Kherson, the Russian military also appears to be bolstering its aircraft force in the Crimean peninsula. According to open source information gathered by Ukraine, Russia has sent two more Su-35S squadrons, one Su-30SM squadron, and one Su-34 unit to this region.
The ability of the Russians to retrieve damaged units is also a concern, while Juice acknowledged that this is unlikely to occur in the near future.