Ukraine continues to request military support to stand firm against the Russian invasion. Among the weapons he seeks to obtain are F-16 fighters, armored vehicles, and long-range missiles.
Ukraine and the need for military reinforcements
Since the beginning of the invasion, Ukraine has shown remarkable defensive achievements. Despite having limited weaponry, it has managed to resist the Russian advance with the help of Western allies and main members of NATO. However, Ukrainian officials continue requesting additional military hardware shipments, such as F-16 fighters, armored vehicles and long-range missiles.
Ukraine has started an online crowdfunding campaign to acquire fighter jets, specifically the US-made F-16 Fighting Falcon. Soviet-designed fighters would not be powerful enough to engage Russia effectively.
Despite being more than 40 years old, the F-16 has undergone numerous improvements and remains one of the most popular fighter planes in service today.
Armored vehicles and MBTS
Tanks and other armored vehicles have played a crucial role in the fighting in Ukraine over the past year. In the upcoming month, several countries, notably the United States, the United Kingdom, and Germany, have committed to providing shipments of tanks known as Challengers, Leopards, and Abrams.
The Ukrainian infantry will see an improvement in their capabilities thanks to this, but officials are concerned that it won’t be enough to support the new brigades they intend to use in a counter-offensive.
Lockheed Martin’s MGM-140 Army Tactical Missile System (ATACMS) has attracted interest from the Ukrainian military. With a range of about 190 miles, these surface-to-surface missiles might strike Russian territory from within Ukraine.
However, the Kremlin has said that sending these missiles would be crossing a “red line,” therefore it’s highly doubtful that will happen.
A technologically diverse arsenal
With the West’s assistance, Ukraine has developed a technologically varied arsenal. They will undoubtedly keep asking for more aid to boost their defenses while the Russian assault drags on.