The only realistic choice for the UK would be to offer Kyiv its Tranche 1 Typhoon jets, experts say. Phased out in favour of newer Typhoons kitted out with more advanced avionics, the older Typhoons, set to be retired in two years' time, are the more obvious choice, according to Bronk. But, he argued, they are mismatched to Ukraine's needs. Complicated to maintain and not suited for low-level flight, the Typhoons would need UK contractors to set up shop in Ukraine to assist with maintenance.
Read the Commentary: 'Giving RAF Typhoons to Ukraine Would Be a Very Expensive Symbolic Gesture', Professor Justin Bronk, 9 February 2023