Ukraine may be waiting for some time for the jet firepower it wants

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Professor Justin Bronk, an aviation specialist with the Royal United Services Institute (RUSI), says that “supplying Typhoons to Ukraine would also have major implications for UK defence”. “The consequence of years of sustained high-tempo operations is an overstretched and worn-out force; with declining aircraft availability at the squadron level due to a shortage of spare parts, engineers leaving the force due to burnout, and pilots unable to get enough high-quality flight training hours to maintain critical skills or train new colleagues. In this context, there would be a very serious cost to pay for providing even a small number of Tranche 1 Typhoons to Ukraine.”

Read the Commentary: 'Giving RAF Typhoons to Ukraine Would Be a Very Expensive Symbolic Gesture', Professor Justin Bronk, 9 February 2023