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The challenging issues of air force’s operational art in the present context

H. Stepanov, V. Orihovsky
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Description: The analysis shows that air assault groupings capable of handling both operational and strategic tasks take the leading role in present-day local wars and armed conflicts. Also aircrafts and unmanned aerial vehicles can be used to make terrorist acts on civil and military objects. The article states that the importance of airborne warfare is gaining momentum. It argues that measures to improve airborne warfare efficiency must have practical focus and include developing new and modernizing the existing means of armed fight, and improving the methods and tactics of their use in order to translate the operational art into tactical actions. The article exposes challenges facing Ukrainian Air Force, and presents opinions about operational art improvement and forms of deployment of Ukrainian Air Force in line with contemporary airborne warfare trends. The Ukrainian Air Force can be deployed in air defense operations. It is proposed to analyse the feasibility and expediency of deploying Ukraine’s Air Force in an operation which could become a model operation, be it stand-alone or as part of air defence action. The article further sets out the operation’s purpose and components as well as the primary tasks assigned to Ukrainian Air Force. The airborne groupings can be used in air-to-air and anti-aircraft combat. The option presented in this article involves the use of Ukrainian Air Force at the strategic, operational, operational-tactical and tactical levels mindful of the enemy’s airborne assault actions, spatial indicators and other factors. The article further argues that Ukrainian Air Force must be developed not only through the procurement and modernisation of weapons and military equipment, but also through the improvement of Ukrainian Air Force’s operational art, and lays down the main avenues for this process. The solution of problems in the field of operative art is impossible without increasing the efficiency of military-scientific work, more active participation of scientists of scientific institutions.


Keywords: operational art, air defense, air defensive (anti-aircraft) operation, grouping of troops, Air Forces

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Reference:
 Stepanov, H.S. and Orikhovskyi, P.V. (2019), “Aktualni problemy operatyvnoho mystetstva Povitrianykh Syl v suchasnykh umovakh” [The challenging issues of air force’s operational art in the present context], Science and Technology of the Air Force of Ukraine, No. 2(35), pp. 55-61. https://doi.org/10.30748/nitps.2019.35.07.