Researchers suggest that the length of the conflict in Ukraine has exposed the weak state of the Russian air force.

The Royal United Services Institute, a British think tank, has reported that the Russian air force needs to adequately train pilots and sufficiently utilize the qualified ones.

Reports indicated that due to limited flight hours and the common technique of providing instruction within units, the Russian Air Forces had fewer than 100 pilots who were completely trained and up to date.

However, the Russian air force is making an even more hazardous decision regarding its future. They send instructor pilots to fight in the war, resulting in future pilots needing more experienced instructors to learn from.