Ukraine Receives Main Replace on When First F-16s Could Arrive

Denmark Minister of Protection Troels Lund Poulsen stated Wednesday that his nation plans to make the primary supply of F-16 fighter jets to Ukraine within the spring of 2024.

In response to a report by the Danish broadcaster TV2, Poulsen stated that he expects the primary six out of the 19 F-16s promised to Ukraine to reach in March or April of subsequent 12 months. The information comes on the similar time the Danish Ministry of Protection introduced a brand new coalition spearheaded by the U.S., Denmark and the Netherlands to assist Ukraine in establishing a future air pressure based mostly on the F-16 jets.

“Denmark has all through the conflict, performed a key function by means of substantial army donations to Ukraine, not least regarding the donation of F-16 fighter jets,” Poulsen stated in a launch from the Danish protection ministry. “The accountability as co-lead on this new coalition thus falls naturally in Danish fingers.”

A U.S.-made F-16 Combating Falcon performs through the Aero India 2023 on the Yelahanka Air Drive Station on February 16, 2023, in Bengaluru, India. The Danish Protection Ministry introduced Wednesday that the primary batch of F-16 jets are anticipated to reach in Ukraine by early spring 2024.
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The U.S. State Division promised again in August that U.S.-made fighter jets can be made accessible to Ukraine as soon as Kyiv’s pilots proved to be absolutely educated and able to function the plane. Though Denmark and the Netherlands have promised to supply up their very own F-16s, the deliveries of the U.S.-made jets should be permitted by Washington.

The Netherlands has 42 American-made F-16s however has but to announce what number of they plan to donate to Ukraine’s protection in opposition to Russia. Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky beforehand claimed that Kyiv is poised to obtain 42 jets in complete between the Dutch and Denmark.

Ukraine, whose pilots are at present working Soviet-era MiG-29s and Su-27s jets, have made a number of pleas for F-16s, and specialists have beforehand instructed Newsweek that it may solely take a dozen or so of the plane to make a real distinction within the conflict in Ukraine. Western-made jets just like the F-16s additionally maintain an edge over their Russian counterparts that the Kremlin has lengthy deployed, together with superior radar and steerage techniques and the flexibility to be armed with precision-guided missiles and bombs.

Russian President Vladimir Putin beforehand warned that offering Ukraine with the superior plane wouldn’t change the tide of the conflict, “This merely prolongs the battle.”

Belgium Protection Minister Ludivine Dedonder additionally introduced Wednesday that the nation will start sending F-16s to Ukraine in 2025, in accordance with a report from Beglium media firm RTL. The announcement adopted a shock go to by Zelensky to Brussels, the place the Ukrainian chief met with NATO chief Jens Stoltenberg and U.S. Secretary of Protection Lloyd Austin, reported Politico.

The Biden Administration additionally declared an extra $200 million in army assist for Kyiv, which is able to embody further air protection capabilities and anti-tank weapons.

Newsweek reached out to the Pentagon for remark through e-mail Wednesday afternoon.