Description: The features of the development of forms and methods of use of the Air Forces of Ukraine in the modern conditions of armed struggle are considered. The article shows that changes in the operational art and tactics of use of troops (forces) associated with the mass adoption to use automated systems of troops and weapons control, high-precision weapons, electronic warfare weapons and unmanned aircraft systems of different application determine main trends during the armed struggle in the airspace, and as a consequence, these changes require further development of the forms and methods of use of the Air Force of Ukraine. It is necessary to take into account not only the features of use of the Air Forces of Ukraine during military operation, their use in "classical" armed conflicts, as well as the factors and conditions that determine the content of forms and methods of their use. All measures for the improvement of the methods of use of armed forces are presented. The features of the functioning of the air defense system and the use of the Air Forces of Ukraine, based on the experience obtained during the united forces operation (anti-terrorist operation), are given. The main conditions for the successful fulfillment of the assigned tasks by the Air Force of Ukraine on the basis of use of troops during the united forces operation (antiterrorist operation) are given. The requirements for adapting the further development of the forms and methods of use of the Air Forces of Ukraine are proposed to be based on existing concepts of use of the armed forces of the leading countries of the world. It is proved that the effective use of the Air Forces of Ukraine today needs to move from a massive application at a certain time to "adapted actions" based on improved and new integrated reconnaissance systems, automated systems of troops and weapons control, guidance and fire defeat the enemy systems.
Keywords: the Air Forces of Ukraine, armed struggle, forms and methods of use