Statement: Western countries transfer F-16 fighters to Ukraine

The governments of Denmark and the Netherlands are in the process of transferring US-made F-16 fighter jets to Ukraine with US support, US President Joe Biden, Dutch Prime Minister Dick Schoof and Danish Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen said in a joint statement.

The document emphasizes that the process of transferring the aircraft is already underway, and that “Ukraine will begin operating the F-16 this summer.”

Countries indicate that they are unable to provide further information at this time due to operational security concerns.

“We are grateful to Belgium and Norway for their commitment to provide additional aircraft, and to other members of the Air Powers Coalition for their support. We are committed to further strengthening Ukraine’s air power, which will include squadrons of modern, multi-role, fourth-generation F-16 aircraft,” the statement said.

It is noted that the coalition intends to help support aircraft and weapons, as well as support further training of pilots to improve operational effectiveness.

“We will continue to coordinate our actions together to support Ukraine’s ability to defend itself against Russian aggression,” Biden, Schoof and Frederiksen said.

Let us recall that in August 2023, the authorities of Denmark and the Netherlands declared their readiness to provide Ukraine with a total of more than 60 fourth-generation F-16 fighters.

By Editor