Denmark starts training 8 Ukrainian pilots to fly F-16s - Reuters
Denmark has started training the first eight Ukrainian pilots to fly F-16 fighter jets. The training was launched as part of the country's commitment to provide Ukraine with these military aircraft.
This was reported by Reuters, citing a statement from the Danish Armed Forces.
Eight pilots have arrived at the Danish military airbase in Skridstrup, along with 65 military personnel who will be trained in fighter jet maintenance.
On Sunday, 20 August, Denmark and the Netherlands pledged to provide Ukraine with F-16 jets, fulfilling Kyiv's repeated request. These fighters will help strengthen Ukraine's air defence and assist in the Ukrainian army's counter-offensive.
Denmark will supply 19 F-16s to Ukraine, with the first six aircraft expected to arrive before the New Year. The country currently has 43 F-16s, and for security reasons, Copenhagen does not disclose how many of them are active, according to a Danish statement.
The Netherlands, which has 42 F-16s, has not yet decided how many aircraft it will supply to Ukraine.
As a reminder, the US has officially confirmed the transfer of F-16 fighters to Ukraine from Denmark and the Netherlands. This delivery will be made after the training of Ukrainian pilots is completed.
As reported by OBOZREVATEL, Greece will also take part in the training of Ukrainian pilots for F-16 aircraft. This was stated by President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelenskyy.