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Belgium is considering transferring F-16 fighters to Ukraine

Sep 21, 2023

Belgium is considering transferring its F-16 fighter jets to Ukraine.

This is reported with reference to a statement by Belgian Prime Minister Alexander De Kroo on the air of VRT.

"We have asked the Ministry of Defense to check whether the service life of our aircraft has been fully exhausted," De Kroo said.

According to him, the question is to what extent these aircraft could still serve Ukraine.

"We have to consider all options. If they are somehow still suitable for use, then we should definitely consider it," the Belgian Prime Minister said.

De Kroo also added that Ukrainian pilots could use the aircraft not necessarily for combat missions, but for training.

"It may happen that Ukraine will use Belgian aircraft only for training. Then the requirements will be different," he explained.

As a reminder, a number of European countries have agreed to conduct training for Ukrainian pilots on F-16 fighter jets as part of the aviation coalition.

After President Volodymyr Zelensky's visit to Europe, it became known that the Netherlands, Denmark, and Norway had agreed to provide Ukraine with at least 61 fighter jets.

Author – Anastasiya Glotova, 21/09/2023

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