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No reason to. They can get RCAF or NATO air tankers. Makes no sense to move our CF-18s in Ukraine. They fly much further distances in Canada

I controlled that airspace in 2014
If Russian aircrafts were to breach the Ukrainian airspace, which F-18 would be in the best position to have for prompt interception, those based in Romania or those based in Ukraine?
 

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If Russian aircrafts were to breach the Ukrainian airspace, which F-18 would be in the best position to have for prompt interception, those based in Romania or those based in Ukraine?
The ones airborne in Ukraine airspace. If aircraft were to breach Ukraine airspace the last thing you want is aircrafts on land in Ukraine

Wouldn't help anything to move them from Romania.. they can just fly to Ukraine airspace in 5 minutes. They can rotate with other air patrols and refuel in the air or refuel in Romania.

Anyways they will more likely fly over the black sea. It's international waters. Nobody wants another airliner shot down
 

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All those movements are just trying deterrence. It isn't about logic here, just showing you have weapons and are ready to use them. Of course it's not like 600 paratroopers or Canadian planes will slow down Russian advance for more than about 15s if they decide to attack, but it shows intent to react if time comes.
Basically showing you have a weapon to stop people from attacking you - although I guess some posters believe we should now prosecute Canadians and justify assault by Russia because Canadians have shown they have weapons?
 

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You want your fighters and bombers stationed as far away as is practical.
If they're right there, they're easy to hit, but put them a few hundred miles away and they're much safer.
 
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