"The training process is really not easy": in the Air Force gave a forecast when Ukraine will receive the first F-16s
Ukraine's forecasts for when it will receive F-16s are based on the spring of 2024. Training of our pilots and engineers in the West, as well as the infrastructure for modern fighters in our country, is not easy.
This was stated by Yuriy Ihnat, spokesman for the Air Force of Ukraine, speaking on the morning of October 30 during theUnited News telethon. He noted that in Europe and the United States, different politicians, officials, and opinion leaders voice different dates for the first F-16s to appear in our country (to watch the video, scroll to the end).
"We are relying on spring, because if the process of training our pilots with aviation instructors has already begun, then, in principle, I think we can count on the statements made by the Ukrainian authorities," the military said.
When he was asked how many modern aircraft our soldiers would ideally need, Ihnat replied: about 50 modern fighters would help protect the skies over Ukraine.
If we managed to replace the obsolete fleet of Soviet equipment with new F-16s and other types of aircraft, it would help us accomplish a number of important tasks. The situation would not change dramatically, but these aircraft would have a significant impact, said the Air Force representative.
"We want to get this equipment as soon as possible, and nothing can be faster than the F-16. Therefore, we are looking forward to our pilots' training. The training process is really not easy, the preparation of infrastructure is not easy, the preparation of engineers is not easy either," he said.
As OBOZ.UA wrote earlier:
- The US recently confirmed that pilots of the Ukrainian Defense Forces have begun flight training on F-16s in the United States. The training takes place at the Morris Air Force Base, which is located at Tucson International Airport.
- Denmark promised to deliver the first F-16s to the Ukrainian Armed Forces in the spring of 2024. However, the timing will depend on the readiness of pilots, technicians and infrastructure in Ukraine.