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Copenhagen says Ukraine to get first Danish F-16s this summer

The Danish defence minister said the transfer schedule depends on several factors.

Copenhagen says Ukraine to get first Danish F-16s this summer
Danish Defence Minister Troels Lund Poulsen

The Danish Ministry of Defence has announced that Ukraine can expect to receive the first Danish F-16 fighter jets this summer. The decision was made as part of an international coalition. The country, along with the Netherlands and the United States, is coordinating training for Ukrainians on F-16s and preparations for the delivery of the first fighter jets to Ukraine.

"It is difficult to set a clear timetable for the delivery of the F-16s because there are several conditions that must be met before Ukraine can use the donated aircraft," said Defence Minister Troels Lund Poulsen.

The final handover of the first Danish F-16 combat aircraft depends, among other things, on the full training of Ukrainian pilots and the necessary Ukrainian support staff, as well as on the availability of the necessary logistics and infrastructure in Ukraine. An international coalition is working hard to achieve this.

Denmark has been leading the coalition along with the Netherlands and the United States since it was established in autumn 2023.

The air power capability coalition was formed within the US-led Ukraine Defence Contact Group and is focused on providing Ukraine with F-16 fighter jet capabilities.

Recently, NATO Chief Jens Stoltenberg said that Ukraine would be able to use F-16s to strike Russian territory. The NATO Secretary General confirmed that military targets outside Ukraine are legitimate.

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