The shelters that were erected on the Khmeimim Air Base in Syria would be a good start. It does offer some protection and it keeps the aircraft in the shade.
They might work in Syria, but in Russia two months of heavy snow storms and the roofs collapse and all those planes get crushed when those roofs collapse and who has egg on their faces then?
I won't classify them as hardened but they do look sturdy enough to handle a fairly large explosion?
And explosions they don't handle leads to heavy lumps of concrete falling on your precious aircraft where no roof would mean no problem.
During the events on the two pictures I showed, at least 8 aircraft were lost. Which just too much against a country that lacks airpower and long range weapons in meaningful quality and quantity.
They are old Su-24s and Su-30s which are not old, and really you cannot even tell if they were real aircraft... they could have been decoy mockups for all we know.
It is very difficult to assess damage from a satellite image too.
More importantly the pilots are fine and it seems only one person lost their lives. Not ideal, but not a catastrophe either.
Ukraine is known to have Toshka and probably US ballistic missiles for himars. They also have real time intel from US satelittes to attack at the good time with those weapons that have a precision of 10m or so.
None of which can reach the base, and even if they could the air defences would detect them and shoot them down easily enough.
Russians should have adaptated their bases close to the front to not let ukrainians take out so many stuff at once. In one attack they destroyed 7 aircraft. That's a huge loss.
They have been close to a front line for less than 6 months... they are currently not near any front line, and there is no evidence at all there was any attack.
A bomb exploding by accudent and destroying plenty of aircraft around is even more shameful.
No shame at all... accidents happen... and if you fall to pieces and cry like a little girl... well perhaps you should not get involved in warfare or have an interest in weapons.
No. Ukrainian ir force was always shitty since 2014. Counting training aircraft and unused rusting mig-29 is dumb.
Could say the same about any enemy the west has faced in the last 50 years or more.
Both the Canberra and the Buccaneer served in the SAAF for many years. I was still a youngster then but knew many of the pilots who flew them as well.
The Bucc is my favourite western aircraft...
Totally irrelevant, but the Buccaneer was a beautiful aircraft, based on aesthetics alone.
There was a video on the internet... youtube.... where they tested the idea of flying very very low in a Bucc and trying to shoot it down with various western aircraft like F-4s and F-14s and F-16s and they couldn't do it... the way their cannon are set up they couldn't hit the Bucc without flying into the ground... and some of them couldn't actually keep up with them either.
It was a brilliant low level bomber for its time.
With a bucket of instant sunshine under each wing it was faster and longer ranged than an F-16 with the same loadout... and it could operate from aircraft carriers.
Not just there, sunshine. There will be a lot to replace
Who cares about a nuclear catastrophe in Europe?
If they do anything Russia will respond... and I suspect such a provocation would result in them realising a useless leadership that sends its men to slaughter makes our job easier, but one that also does this sort of a thing is too dangerous so they have to be eliminated...
I am no nuclear expert, but neither Chernobyl nor Fukushima required the involvement of bunker busters, just wrong operational parameters or failure of ancillaries, which is pretty much what the urkonazis are trying to achieve at ZNPP. A reactor without cooling will fail, melt and create a massive contamination problem, even if it is not breached by the attack, which is also possible with the weapons available to those bastards. I don't see MoD specially relaxed about the situation, you know...
It the cooling system is disabled they can just shut the reactors down and there is no chance of overheating and an explosion.
The explosions are all conventional explosions... water super heated separates to oxygen and hydrogen which then ignites in a conventional explosion.
None of the nuclear material is enriched to the point where it can sustain a nuclear explosion... a shut down reactor would be just fine... unless hit directly by a bunker buster heavy bomb.
I can feel another 'gesture of goodwill' is approaching. Either that or a well aimed strike at that nuclear power plant - which will then be blamed on Russia and will forever bury any possible future Ukr. negotiations and rapprochement with Germany (which is definitely low key in the books if you know how to read between the lines in German media).
German media are delusional... they are getting desperate because they know how much they rely on cheap Russian gas and they are not understanding that the days of cheap Russian gas are over for the enemy countries that funded and enabled the nazis in the Ukraine.
A strike at the nuclear power plant would result in the Russians simply shutting it down... that is going to be a serious problem for Ukrainians that use the power being generated there and also HATO countries that likely currently import cheap Ukrainian electricity on the sly.. because it is not winter yet and Ukrainians are not using it all yet... but a strike on the NPP actually plays into Russian hands because they can then decide what they want to do in retaliation... shutting down the power will just be a safety measure to prevent overheating and an explosion, but I suspect their direct action will be to kill Zelensky and his cohorts... there should be enough opposition to his nazis that removing him from power will cause normal sensible people to try to take charge and for the rest of the nazis to run west.
But if not... the process will continue... the chances of negotiating with Z is zero so there would be no loss if he is dead.