What the Ukrainian Air Force Has in the Sky

A look at the UAF’s fleet as its conflict with Russia begins.

The Ukrainian Air Force was created in March 1992 out of aircraft that were left behind when the Soviet Union dissolved in 1991 and pulled out of Poltava Air Base in central Ukraine.

The aircraft ranged from Soviet-built fighters such as the MiG-21, 25s and 27s, Sukhoi Su-15, 17 interceptors, and Tupolev Tu-160 bombers. 

According to Globalfirepower.com, the Ukrainian Air Force has 318 aircraft and approximately 200,000 personnel. The UAF is part of the Armed Forces of Ukraine and its headquarters is in the city of Vinnytsia. 

Over the years, the UAF has replaced the aging fleet. Currently, it’s made up of:

  • Ilyushin Il-76 multipurpose four-engine aircraft
  • Several Antonov transports
  • A smattering of MiG-29s and Sukhoi fighters
  • Mil Mi-8 helicopters

Number Crunch

Breaking it down by the numbers, the Ukrainian Air Force has: 

  • 69 fighters
  • 29 dedicated attack aircraft
  • 32 transports
  • 71 trainers 
  • 5 aircraft designated as special mission
  • 112 helicopters
  • 34 attack helicopters


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