Ukrainian pilots full F-16 coaching – UK

36 Ukrainian pilots full F-16 coaching – UK

The airmen moved to Denmark after doing the preliminary course within the UK, in keeping with the DM

Six skilled Ukrainian fighter jet pilots have accomplished their F-16 coaching course within the UK, the British Protection Ministry has mentioned.

The primary group of Kiev’s airmen started receiving flying and English language classes from the Royal Air Drive (RAF) in August, as a part of London’s contribution to the worldwide coalition aimed toward offering Ukraine with fourth era US-made plane, the ministry mentioned in an announcement on Tuesday.

These pilots are already in Denmark, the place they’ll proceed to be taught to function the F-16s, it added.

Throughout their keep in Britain, Ukrainian forces solely took to the skies in a Grob Tutor plane, because the RAF has no F-16s in service, the assertion learn. The British instructors instructed the Kiev pilots about common dealing with procedures, instrument flying, navigation and formation flying in keeping with NATO requirements, it famous.

Ten extra Ukrainian aviators will proceed their coaching within the UK, together with dozens of technicians from the nation, the ministry mentioned.

UK Protection Secretary Grant Shapps mentioned that he was “happy with the help the Royal Air Drive is offering to the subsequent era of Ukraine’s fight air pilots and floor crew, who would be the first line of protection in defending Ukraine’s skies.” The usage of the F-16s by Kiev, “mixed with coaching from the world-leading RAF … is a major step ahead from Ukraine’s present Soviet-era capabilities,” he claimed.

The assertion additionally cited Ukrainian Protection Minister Rustem Umerov, who described the coaching offered by Britain as “a speedy and efficient programmer to equip Ukrainian pilots with the abilities they want within the struggle in opposition to Russia.”

Final week, the Netherlands, which is among the key members of the coalition, introduced that it was about to start out getting ready the primary supply of F-16s fighter jets to Ukraine.

In accordance with Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte, the “preliminary” cargo would come with 18 aircrafts.

Ukrainian President Vladimir Zelensky claimed in August that the Netherlands and Belgium collectively pledged to offer 42 jets to his nation, though a joint assertion by the 2 EU nations didn’t point out any particular numbers.

In June, Russian President Vladimir Putin mentioned the F-16s would “burn” as soon as they have been delivered to Ukraine, similar to the Leopard-2 tanks, Bradley preventing autos, and different Western-made weapons that had been beforehand equipped to Kiev.

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