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UK to offer basic training for Ukrainian pilots this summer

UK to offer basic training for Ukrainian pilots this summer
Photo: Royal Air Force

This summer the UK will commence an elementary flying phase for cohorts of Ukrainian pilots to learn basic training, according to the UK Government website.

This will adapt the programme used by UK pilots to provide Ukrainians with piloting skills they can apply a different kind of aircraft.

"This training goes hand in hand with UK efforts to work with other countries on providing F16 jets – Ukraine’s fighter jets of choice," the website says.

Next month the UK will host a Ukraine Recovery Conference to galvanise international investment to support Ukraine’s reconstruction, promoting those emerging sectors where the country was thriving before Putin’s full-scale invasion such as clean energy and tech.

The UK provided £2.3 billion worth of military support to Ukraine in 2022 – more than any country other than the US – "and the Prime Minister has committed to sustain that level of support this year".

In February the Prime Minister announced the UK would develop a new training programme for Ukrainian pilots to support their efforts to build a new Ukrainian air force with NATO-standard, F16 jets.

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