Former Russian Air Force commander, General Pyotr Deynekin, harshly criticized the readiness of Russian Aerospace Force, noting that combat aircraft is not prepared for a large-scale military conflict, even though Russian Air Force is one of the most powerful in the world.
"Russian Aerospace Forces do not have enough manpower and equipment to conduct large-scale military operations. There isn’t enough combat personnel ", said Deynekin as cited by news outlet the Military Review.
Earlier, Russian Defense Minister Sergey Shoygu also criticized the Russian Aerospace Forces and mentioned serious problems with training aircraft.
"We will consider the condition of training aircraft at a separate meeting, and I ask you to prepare for it. There are questions to the Russian Aerospace Forces, and to the procurement, as well as to other military bodies. With such a system of control, such opportunities, how is that possible, that the number of training planes has been reduced?" said Shoygu.