Preparations for training Ukrainian pilots on F-16 fighter jets are underway, with a customized training program developed for them, Ukrainian Air Force spokesman Yuriy Ihnat told Ukrainian TV broadcasters on Aug. 31.
“There's an individual approach for each pilot; there are instructors who work with specific groups, and they begin with assessments,” said Ihnat.
“Initially, it's important to gauge proficiency, ranging from English language skills to adapting to a new aircraft type. A group of top pilots is in Denmark and are expected to be the first to master the F-16.”
Subsequent groups are anticipated to join training and make use of training facilities provided by partner nations.
The first group of pilots went through specialized English language courses before heading to Denmark.
Ukrainian pilots are still safeguarding airspace using existing equipment, Ihnat emphasized.
F-16 jets for Ukraine: key facts
The United States allowed Denmark and the Netherlands to transfer F-16 fighter jets to Ukraine. Ukrainian pilots will begin training on F-16s in Denmark at the end of August.
On Aug. 24, Norway confirmed its intention to provide F-16s as well. The first planes are expected to arrive in Ukraine by the end of the year.
Pilots are already training on F-16s in the United Kingdom, Sweden, and Denmark.
The Netherlands and Romania have agreed to establish a training center for Ukrainian pilots.
The United States is ready to train Ukrainian pilots in F-16 flight operations if European countries are unable to fully meet the demand.
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