The pilots have to first learn English before they can begin learning to fly F-16s.
Last I heard, there were eight pilots being trained.
Russia has hundreds of fighter jets in the same class as the F-16.
No one explains what any of this means; they just act like it’s normal.
The United States has approved sending F-16 fighter jets to Ukraine from Denmark and the Netherlands to defend against Russian invaders as soon as pilot training is completed, a U.S. official said on Thursday.
Ukraine has actively sought the U.S.-made F-16 fighter jets to help it counter Russian air superiority.
Washington gave Denmark and the Netherlands official assurances that the United States will expedite approval of transfer requests for F-16s to go to Ukraine when the pilots are trained, the official said.
“We welcome Washington’s decision to pave the way for sending F-16 fighter jets to Ukraine,” Dutch Foreign Minister Wopke Hoekstra said on messaging platform X, formerly known as Twitter.
“Now, we will further discuss the subject with our European partners.”
Denmark also said providing Ukraine with the jets would now be discussed.
“The government has said several times that a donation is a natural next step after training. We are discussing it with close allies, and I expect we will soon be able to be more concrete about that,” Danish defence minister Jakob Ellemann-Jensen told news agency Ritzau on Friday.
A coalition of 11 countries will start training Ukrainian pilots to fly the F-16 fighter jets later this month in Denmark, the Danish defence ministry said on Friday.
The country’s acting Defense Minister Troels Poulsen said in July that the country hoped to see “results” from the training in early 2024.
What does “results” mean in this context? How could you use that word?
Either they will have been trained, and be capable of flying these jets, or they will not have been trained. The only possible result is pilots being able to fly these jets and then… I guess bombing Russians and then trying to escape really fast?
What are you going to do with eight jets against hundreds?
I don’t understand the basic concept of what we are even discussing here.
I have just signed one of the key laws needed for Ukraine to open EU accession talks. We aim at opening them this year. The law ensures transparency, professionalism, and integrity in the qualifications of Constitutional Court judges. Ukraine has moved one step closer to the EU. pic.twitter.com/7QWsdDL7gC
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