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The first F-16s will be in Ukraine in "a matter of weeks" – Evening Standard

F-16 fighters may arrive in Ukraine "in June-July"

Ukraine expects to receive its first Western F-16 fighter jets "in the coming weeks". However, it is not yet known from which country they will be delivered.

The Evening Standard writes about this, citing its own sources. Thus, according to the newspaper, F-16 fighters may arrive in Ukraine "in June-July".

The source did not specify who would supply the aircraft. However several Western countries have offered to send these aircraft, and America has supported this step.

It is worth noting that the Netherlands was one of the driving forces behind the international coalition to supply Ukraine with F-16s to strengthen its air defense against Russian invasion. Denmark, Norway, and Belgium also joined this initiative.

As a reminder, Ukraine's air force received the first F-16 fighter jet trainer from the Czech Republic. It was transferred to one of the tactical aviation brigades. Experts noted that the military had previously had virtual simulators of these American multi-role fighters. Now it is a full-fledged flight simulator with a real F-16 cockpit.

Illia Yevlash, spokesman for the Ukrainian Air Force Command, said that some Ukrainian pilots are already completing their training on the F-16. According to him, as soon as the planes arrive in Ukraine, the pilots will be ready to perform combat missions.

Earlier, he noted that the training process is continuous. First of all, the pilots selected for the training master the language (foreign terms) and ground training, and only then proceed to training flights.

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