Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky has secured a promise of up to 61 F-16 fighter aircraft from Denmark and the Netherlands during his latest Western European tour for support, but it seems that acquiring the aircraft is only the beginning of a road toward full deployment.
The first six aircraft are expected around the new year. The Netherlands and Denmark will offer Ukraine F-16 fighter jets once certain conditions are met. One relates to the training of Ukrainian pilots, which began last week.
While visiting these two countries, as well as Sweden where he discussed Gripen aircraft, Zelensky welcomed the “historic, powerful and motivating” announcement. Denmark has already started training Ukrainian pilots and engineers, and Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen has pledged to donate 19 F-16s, the Ukrainian president announced….