A coalition of 11 countries will start training Ukrainian pilots to fly F-16 fighters from August, the Financial Times reports . This, as the newspaper writes, said the Ministers of Defense of Denmark and the Netherlands. The training will begin in Denmark, while the parties will establish a center in Romania to implement long-term training programs.
At the end of May, it became known that Denmark and the Netherlands intend to lead the European coalition to train Ukrainian military personnel on F-16 fighter jets. The Washington Post wrote that the Biden administration was not going to block the transfer of F-16s to Ukrainians by European allies, as the US president told them at the G7 summit in Japan. Earlier, the Netherlands and Great Britain publicly announced their desire to create an “aircraft coalition” for Ukraine.
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky later wrote that he welcomed "President Biden's historic decision to support an international fighter coalition." There was also information that the training of Ukrainian pilots will take place in Europe not only on the F-16, but also on other fourth-generation Western fighters. American instructors will take part in them.