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F-16 simulators from Czech Republic to help shorten training course for Ukrainians – Defense Express editor-in-chief Katkov

7 July, 2023 Friday
20:48

Any assistance, including simulators from the Czech Republic, will help Ukrainians to learn with what an F-16 aircraft is, how to fly it, and what capabilities exist

Defense Express editor-in-chief Oleh Katkov said this on Espreso TV. 

"An important point is that the Czech Republic bought the simulators specifically for us, because it does not operate F-16s. It leases Swedish Gripen. The class of these simulators is a separate issue. They are of different classes of quality and realism," he added.

According to the expert, any assistance will help Ukrainians to learn what the F-16 is, how to operate it, and what capabilities exist.

"This will certainly help shorten the training course. An important aspect here is who will be the instructor - it will probably be discussed that certain specialists will come to train. There are a lot of questions about how this will work. Obviously, the training of Ukrainian pilots has not yet begun," Katkov summarized.

  • Czech Prime Minister Petr Fiala said that the country would take part in training Ukrainian pilots, including on F-16 fighter jets. The country will also provide simulators so that pilots can train in Ukraine.

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