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Germany may add Eurofighter to fighter jet coalition - Reznikov

The Ukrainian defence minister made a corresponding suggestion to Germany. It also includes training for Ukrainian pilots.

Germany may add Eurofighter to fighter jet coalition - Reznikov
Eurofighter Typhoon
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Ukraine's Defence Minister Oleksiy Reznikov has said he sees a possibility of receiving Eurofighter Typhoon fighters from Germany, Deutsche Welle has reported.

"If the UK and Germany combined their capabilities to supply Eurofighter jets, it would be an important step," the minister said in an interview with German media.

He recalled that there is already an international "tank coalition", in which the main model is the German Leopard 2, as well as the American Abrams and British Challenger. Reznikov added that a similar "fighter jet coalition" could be formed with the US F-16 as the basic model, as well as the Eurofighter and Swedish Gripen.

According to him, Ukraine needs about 120 fighter jets in total.

"The largest part should be F-16s, of which there are more than 5,000 in the world. But Eurofighter and Gripen would also help us," Reznikov said.

The minister stressed that, above all, Ukraine would welcome Germany's participation in training Ukrainian pilots on the Eurofighter.

"Our British partners are ready to offer Ukrainians training courses on Eurofighter jets. And we are discussing with our Swedish friends how to start training on Saab Gripen aircraft," he said.

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