Pentagon announces approximate timeframe for training Ukrainian pilots on F-16
Training of Ukrainian pilots on F-16 fighter jets in Arizona (USA) depends on individual skills of the fighters and can last from 5 to 9 months
This was stated by Pentagon spokesman Brigadier General Patrick Ryder during a briefing.
"So right now, what we expect, graduation completion will be dependent on the individual proficiency of pilots themselves, but we can estimate about five to nine months for them to complete that training," Ryder said.
F-16 fighters for Ukraine: what is known
On May 21, US President Joe Biden approved the training of Ukrainians on F-16s. Volodymyr Zelenskyy assured that Ukraine would not use these aircraft to strike at Russian territory.
Ukraine's Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba says that the first F-16 fighter jets are likely to fly in Ukraine's skies by the end of March 2024.
On August 17, the United States approved the shipment of F-16 multi-role fighters to Ukraine.
At the same time, Denmark said it would supply Ukraine with the aircraft if they were not used in Russia.
The Netherlands will provide 42 fighter jets. At the same time, Norway will provide Ukraine with F-16s, but the exact number is unknown.
On September 15, Belgium joined the training of Ukrainian pilots on F-16s. Earlier, the Belgian Defense Ministry said it would not provide Ukraine with F-16 fighters because they are outdated and in poor condition. Such aircraft are dangerous to operate.
On October 11, Danish Defense Minister Troels Lund Poulsen said that the country would be able to deliver the first F-16s to Ukraine in March-April 2024.
On October 12, the Netherlands announced that it would send F-16s to Romania, where Ukrainian pilots would begin training in a few weeks.
On October 26, Ukrainian pilots started flight training on F-16s at an air base in Arizona, USA.