The first batch of F-16 fighter jets from the Netherlands will be handed over to the Ukrainian military in 2024.
This was announced by the head of the country's Ministry of Defense, Kaisa Ollongren, in an interview with MSNBC.
She said that the Dutch military is currently switching to the F-35, which is why they can transfer F-16 fighter jets to the Ukrainians. Ollongren said that the same processes are taking place in Norway and Denmark.
The minister said that the timing of the transfer of aircraft will also depend on the training of Ukrainian pilots. She noted that pilots will take six to eight months to complete the training course. Ollongren said that this is much less time than the Netherlands spends training its own pilots.
In addition, the ministry said that the training center is currently being created in Romania, which will be launched as soon as possible.
She added that the transfer of F-16 fighter jets to Ukraine is not only help, but also a corresponding signal to the Kremlin.
Earlier, it was reported that the Netherlands would not transfer all of the promised F-16 fighter jets to Ukraine.
In addition, we previously reported that it became known when language training for pilots who will fly the F-16 will begin in the United States.
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