The Ukrainian Air Force (UAF) which is looking to replace its Soviet-era MiG-29s and Su-27s should opt for the F-15EX over the F-35 stealth fighter, according to the former chief designer of the Antonov State Enterprise, Alexander Los.
Due to a continuous radar field of the Russian army, which is already able to capture inconspicuous objects, the F-35’s stealth characteristics are of no great advantage. “We must understand that the same F-35 will not come to Ukraine, even if we become members of NATO. Because we are at the border from the Russian Federation, a continuous radar field of the Russian army, which is already able to capture inconspicuous objects,” Los said in an interview with the Ukrainian news portal, Defense Express.
Buying U.S.-made aircraft would enhance Ukraine’s interoperability with NATO, critically important for a nation that has the longest border with Russia.