Ukraine needs aircraft like the F-16
Priority for Ukraine are American F-16s. But French Rafale and Swedish Gripen aircraft are also being considered as options.
Ukraine expects to receive 24 modern fighter jets from Western partners as part of the first such aid package. This was stated by the speaker of the Air Force of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, Colonel Yuriy Ignat, according to the Spanish edition El Pais on Saturday, January 28.
According to him, we are talking about two fighter battalions, each of which will have 12 aircraft.
At the same time, American F-16 fighters are a priority for Ukraine. But French Rafale and Swedish Gripen aircraft are also being considered as options.
The 24 fighter jets would only represent an urgent first phase in a new chapter of delivering weapons to a country invaded by Russia.
Yuriy Ignat noted that in addition to complex political discussions and decisions on the transfer of aircraft, Ukraine will not be able to immediately count on receiving fighters – it takes at least six months to train pilots and ground support teams.
Earlier, Yuriy Ignat said that it is actually known what type of aircraft Ukraine will receive from the allies and what are the terms for training personnel.
And the Office of the President said that the issue of providing Ukraine with the F-16 was unblocked. This question has three components.
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