Walther von Oldenburg wrote:Does Novorussia even need airforce? Artillery and UAVs can do the job even better.
All states need air force and Novorussia will be no exeption. They will need air force, speciaqlloy their position as a barrier between Russia and Ukraine / NATO. Of course it will depend on how big Novorussian state will be at the end. Will it be only DNR and LNR, or it will be bigger and include other ex-Ukrainian oblasts as well. When we talk about Novorussian air force, it is about long time prespective and not in a view of today conflict with Ukrainian army.
TheArmenian wrote:Novorossiya has a couple of YAK-52 trainers that are flying.
They were part of a local flying club.
They have pilots too.
Anna news ran a reportage about that a while back.
So they have the seeds of a future air force. But they don't have combat aircraft at the moment.
It is good for a beginning, but not enough. A couple of Yak-52 is enough to make a selection of candidates and some basic trainings. This is enough to select candidates, which they could send to RuAF academies, to became full combat pilots. It would be wise for DNR and LNR if they already send young boys and girls to RuAF academies, but not only for pilots, but also for ground personel. I don't know, in what state is Lugansk airport now, buit when they will liberate whole teritories of DNR and LNR oblasts, than they will have military air base in Slavyansk with whole infrastructure. In the time, when their first pilots and ground personel will graduate, they will be able to obtain their first combat jets. Of course at first they will also need to hire Russian instructors to help them.
But first they will need to buy basic and jet trainers, that they could start pilot trainings at home, that they will not be too dependent on foreign academies and that they get their own instructors, who will teach new pilots.
There is a good question, how many boys from Donbass was in UkAF academies before Maidan revolution and graduate there and how many of them return home and become part of DNR and LNR armed forces. They could also become flight instructors for new pilots as well.