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RE: Ukrainian Air Power / Prowess

Fri May 13, 2016 5:39 pm

Quoting fallap (Reply 48):
What is the current status of the maintenance facilities of The Ukrainian Air Force? Ground equipment, supply of parts, quality of training, influx of new technicians, overall morale of the personal?

Regarding training, here is a recent article (March 31) taking stock of changes in Ukraine's pilot training at its main military pilot school, the Flight Faculty of the Kharkiv Air Force University. The article is in Ukrainian, but here are the main points:

- As of the time of writing, this year's graduating class (comprising more than 80 students) already had, for the most part, between 90 and 170 flight hours. The (aspiring) helicopter pilots are the exception, with over 30 hours on average.
- During the worst years of the Ukrainian Air Force, when it was financially starved to near-extinction, students would graduate with just a few flight hours, and even many pilots in combat units had less than 50 flight hours (total!).
- The key change that was made with this class, and a historical first for the school, is that the students already moved from training aircraft to combat aircraft before graduation, flying Su-25s, Mig-29s, An-26s, Mi-8s and Mi-24s.

http://na.mil.gov.ua/31759-u-kursant...rsu-xups-nalit-vid-90-do-170-godin


In general, Ukraine is now trying to meet NATO standards in terms of annual flight hours for military pilots.



The Ukrainian Air Force is currently also getting training from the California Air National Guard.

http://www.airforcetimes.com/story/m...in-ukraine-airmen-spring/82428182/
 
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RE: Ukrainian Air Power / Prowess

Sat May 14, 2016 3:21 pm

Some pictures of UkrAF Mig-29's being partially dismantled and loaded for transportation to mainland Ukraine, back in April-May 2014:

http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7397/14144355176_1b819bae61_o.jpg

http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7423/13980848389_73a5ff01b0_o.jpg

http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7417/14144355216_811b8c27a9_o.jpg

http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7300/14187611493_a1f90540cb_o.jpg

The aircraft were carried out on convoys of four trucks each: one with the fuselage, one with the wings, one with the tail parts, and one with the engines and other equipment.

Here is one of these convoys in motion, carrying a Mig-29 in the colors of the Ukrainian Falcons

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6rvIXaHjytc

The aircraft were transported to Bulbakino Air Base in Mykolaiv oblast on mainland Ukraine. Reportedly, the UkrAF at Belbek Air Base in Crimea only had 4 Mig-29s (one of which a UB) in flyable condition, along with one L-39. These aircraft were quickly disabled by the Russians. The Russians reportedly also stole many parts of the Ukrainian aircraft.

A couple of articles on the operation:

http://bmpd.livejournal.com/849404.html

http://military-informant.com/airforca/1-sp-733125266.html
 
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RE: Ukrainian Air Power / Prowess

Sat May 28, 2016 11:34 pm

Air Forces Monthly's June edition has a very informative article on Kulbakino Air Base, which it labels "Ukraine's superbase".

Kulbakino is the home base of the 299th Tactical Brigade, which operates Su-25s, and currently also hosts the 204th Tactical Brigade and the 10th Naval Aviation Brigade, which relocated to Kulbakino from Crimea.

The 204th Tactical Brigade is the Mig-29 unit that was formerly based at Belbek Airbase near Sevastopol.

According to the article, the 204th Tactical Brigade has been rebuilding its operational strength to well beyond its pre-war levels. It lists 10 Mig-29s that are now in active service - 6 (including 1 UB) that have been repaired and restored to service by the brigade's technicians after being evacuated from Belbek, and an additional 4 (including another UB) that were overhauled at the Lviv State Aircraft Repair Plant. A further 3 Mig-29s were sent to the Lviv State Aircraft Repair Plant in August 2015 and should return to active service in the brigade in the course of this year. In addition, the 204th TB has two L-39M1s in active service.

This renewed strength has allowed the brigade to take over the Quick Reaction Alert (QRA) role from 4 Su-27s who were temporarily based at Kulbakino.

These four Su-27s have now been relocated to Shkilniy Airbase (the military side of Odessa International Airport), where they continue to contribute to the air defense of the Air Command South area.

Long-term, there are tentative plans to relocate the 204th Tactical Brigade to Martynivka / Voznesensk Airbase, and the 10th Naval Aviation Brigade to Ochakiv Airbase. However, both bases would need a significant overhaul to be able to host these units.

These relocations would, however, solve the current congestion problems at Kulbakino.
 
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Re: Ukrainian Air Power / Prowess

Fri Jul 08, 2016 9:40 pm

 
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Re: Ukrainian Air Power / Prowess

Sat Jul 30, 2016 3:31 pm

Arrival of the Ukrainian delegation at the Bucharest International Air Show 2016:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9W_EGNe_wd8
 
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Re: Ukrainian Air Power / Prowess

Sat Jul 30, 2016 4:13 pm

On July 14, the Ukrainian Air Force lost Su-25 "38 blue", an upgraded M1 model.

The plane caught fire during operations at Starokostiantyniv Air Base. The pilot ejected and survived.

http://aviation-safety.net/wikibase/wiki.php?id=188663

38 blue featured prominently in this Youtube film: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6SqG1ZNrbgE

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Re: Ukrainian Air Power / Prowess

Sun Aug 07, 2016 9:01 am

Footage of the UkrAF Su-27 flight displays at BIAS 2016:


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gbwCPENOCxQ

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AeQhvAP-2S0

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=giiNeRdBt6k

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DoJp3WCuorU


Also spectacular - coordinated footage from the cockpit and the ground of an UkrAF Su-24 overflying the coastline and beaches of Odessa oblast during exercise Sea Breeze 2016.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9QNf6r7hD7Q
 
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Re: Ukrainian Air Power / Prowess

Tue Aug 09, 2016 2:24 am

Footage of L-39 training operations from, interestingly, Odessa. The frames involved seem to belong to the 299th Brigade Tactical Aviation, which operates Su-25s out of Kulbakino. This is supported by the fact that they seem to be practicing bombing raids and two Su-25UBs can be seen in the background in some of the footage.

Presumably, the 299th BrTA has moved some or all of its basic training operations to Odessa, in order to ease congestion at Kulbakino.

Odessa Airport has a military side - Shkilnyi, which shares the same runway with (civilian) Odessa International Airport

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o4mxT5jtP2I

In the run-up to Ukraine's Air Force Day (August 7), the 40th Brigade Tactical Aviation (based in Vasylkiv, Kyiv Oblast, and flying Mig-29s) held an open-door day. In particular, they showed how pilots were being trained on flight simulators.

One of the things said in the reports is that, before the war, pilots used to fly only about once a month. Now they fly 2-3 times a week. And they spend a lot of time on the flight simulator in between actual flights.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tSJyalDoALk

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zu2hfxF0Y_8


This report starts at 6:39:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dtzKAvPgXVM


Training of SAM crews:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kD8tCLuHI4w
 
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Re: Ukrainian Air Power / Prowess

Tue Aug 16, 2016 2:23 am

Ukraine's National Guard Aviation:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9LhzsPRwVFc
 
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Re: Ukrainian Air Power / Prowess

Sun Feb 19, 2017 10:25 pm

Scipio wrote:
- Here is a new meaning to "being overtaken on the highway":

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jye40dwDDlc

Same footage with patriotic music:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CvDkcqS5gAc


Here is footage of a similar flight, taken from the cockpit.
It does not seem to be the same flight, as the shadows show ordnance below the pylons. The 2015 footage was of a helicopter with nothing hanging from its pylons.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZH2NUc8NMvk

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