Description: The last decades are characterized by the rapid development of means of air attack, the improvement of their combat capabilities and changes in the tactics of combat use. This makes it necessary to conduct an assessment and determine ways to improve ground-based air defense in Ukraine. In the article, based on the analysis of the current state of anti-aircraft missile armament of the Air Force of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, ways of improving and developing anti-aircraft missile forces have been proposed and justified, the implementation of which will ensure reliable air defense of important state and military facilities. It is shown that in conditions of state resource constraints, the most rational way of development and improvement of antiaircraft missile forces of the Air Force of the Armed Forces of Ukraine is considered to be partial modernization of the existing S-300P SAM system, conducted simultaneously with the development of new or improving existing forms and methods of it combat use.
Keywords: air defense missile forces, development routes, resource constraints, combat readiness