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1st group of Ukrainian pilots to complete F-16 training by summer

Published : 22 Feb 2024, 01:47

  DF News Desk
Ukrainian soldiers take part in a military training in Kupyansk district, Ukraine, Aug. 16, 2023. File Photo: Xinhua.

The first group of four Ukrainian pilots will complete their training on the F-16 jets by summer, reported Xinhua, quoting the Ukrinform news agency on Wednesday.

The pilots started their training to fly F-16 jets in October last year in the U.S. city of Tucson, Arizona.

The second and the third groups of four Ukrainian pilots each are expected to complete their F-16 training by the end of August.

In July last year, Ukraine signed a memorandum with 11 countries to create a coalition for training Ukrainian pilots to fly F-16 fighters.

The Netherlands, Denmark, Norway and Belgium have pledged to transfer F-16s to Ukraine to help the country upgrade its combat aircraft fleet amid the conflict with Russia.