Washington approves sending F-16s to Kyiv from Denmark and Netherlands

The deployment of F-16 fighter jets from Denmark and the Netherlands to Ukraine has received U.S. approval. Ukraine is slated to get F-16s following pilot training as part of global initiatives spearheaded by NATO nations.

The assurance from Secretary of State Antony Blinken emphasizes how crucial it is for Ukraine to defend itself against Russian aggression. Ukraine is demanding US-made F16 continuously to gain air superiority over Russia.

The Ukrainian officials believe that F16 is the perfect fighter to counter Russian and Soviet-era planes operated by Russian Air Force.

Additionally, Ukraine hasn’t used much air power since the invasion began or used Soviet Era planes having no match against advanced Russian jets.

With the approval given by the US, Denmark and the Netherlands are the leading NATO Members putting international efforts into training Ukrainian pilots to operate F16s and preparing support staff to maintain the aircraft.

Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte remarked that now he will discuss with his European counterparts to train and send F16s to Ukraine to counter Russian aggression with air superiority. He said, “We welcome Washington’s decision to pave the way for sending F-16 fighter jets to Ukraine.”

Almost 25 countries actively use F16s due to their reliability, manoeuvrability and capability to destroy targets in air, land and Sea.

Ukraine showed a slight disappointment over still not receiving the F16s and have no expectation of getting it before 2024. In explaining the importance of the F16 in war, Ukrainian high officials claimed that the aircraft could pass beef Russian air defences and defend against Russian missiles.

It will enable Kyiv’s forces to combat Russian air attacks and defend Ukrainian effectively with armoured and tank vehicles fighting on the ground. The aircraft can play a crucial role in the success of the Ukrainian counteroffensive.


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