F-16 fighters – the Air Force stated that Ukraine will not receive these aircraft this year


At the same time, Ukrainian air defense is being strengthened by other means.

Ukraine will not receive F-16 this fall or winter, Ignat said / photo REUTERS

F-16 fighters will be able to defend Ukraine no earlier than the spring of 2024. This was said by the speaker of the Air Force of the Armed Forces of Ukraine Yuriy Ignat.

“It is already obvious that we will not be able to protect Ukraine with F-16 aircraft during this fall and winter,” he said on the air telethon.

At the same time, Ignat reminded that the issue of training Ukrainian personnel for the F-16 has practically been moved from place to place. It is about training both pilots and engineers.

“We understand that our pilots will soon be trained in the countries that are members of the aviation coalition. But at the same time, the strengthening of our air defense needs to be carried out and is being carried out (by other means – UNIAN). Recently, two more launchers were announced.” “Patriot” that we received,” noted Ignat.

At the same time, he noted that Russia is using more and more drones for attacks on Ukraine, in connection with which our country also needs to increase the corresponding means of combat – attack UAVs.

“We need to do one thing: in those international formats in which we participate, to tell our partners about the urgent need, about Ukraine’s need for protection. And we see that the issue of providing Ukraine with cruise missiles is also gaining wide publicity. These are TAURUS missiles, and as well as ballistic ATACMS,” Ignat noted.

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On July 11, at the NATO summit in Vilnius, 11 countries and Ukraine signed a memorandum on the creation of a coalition to train Ukrainian military pilots on F-16 fighters. Denmark, the Netherlands, Belgium, Canada, Luxembourg, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Sweden and Great Britain participate in the agreement.

On July 12, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine Dmytro Kuleba said that the first F-16s should appear in the airspace of Ukraine in the first quarter of 2024.

At the same time, The Washington Post wrote the other day that the completion of the training of the first group of Ukrainian pilots can be expected at least in the summer of 2024.

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