Transferring Fighter Aircraft to Ukraine: Issues and Options for Congress


Authors: Nathan J. Lucas, Patrick Parrish, and Christina L. Arabia
Page Range: 345-388
Published in: Current Politics and Economics of Russia, Eastern and Central Europe, 38#4
ISSN: 1057-2295

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Since Russia’s renewed invasion of Ukraine began in February 2022, some defense analysts, U.S. defense officials, and Members of Congress have debated whether or not to enable the transfer of U.S. or NATO military aircraft, including fighter jets and unmanned aircraft, to Ukraine. In general, the debate has centered around two broad questions: (1) Is providing advanced military fighter jets to the Ukrainian air force necessary to helping Ukraine defend itself against Russian aggression, and (2) if so, how much and what kinds of assistance, ranging from aircraft to maintenance to training, should the United States and the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) provide?

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