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Air Force on what awaits pilots who completed F-16 training in US

Air Force on what awaits pilots who completed F-16 training in US Illia Yevlash, spokesman for the Ukrainian Air Force (Getty Images)
Author: Maria Kholina

Ukrainian pilots who have completed their training on F-16 fighters in Arizona will not be returning to Ukraine just yet. They will be heading to Europe, according to Air Force spokesperson Illia Yevlash.

"The training process is not over. The pilots are now returning to Europe and will continue their training there, with the aim of eventually coming to Ukraine to carry out their tasks," Yevlash said.

The Air Force spokesperson added that the training process is ongoing and involves not only pilots but also engineers. Upon their return to Ukraine, these specialists will share their experience with colleagues.

According to Yevlash, the first F-16 aircraft to arrive in Ukraine will be tasked with patrolling missions as well as striking enemy positions along the front line.


An aviation coalition was established by partners with the goal of equipping Ukraine with modern aircraft. Ukraine will receive F-16 fighters from its allies.

Additionally, partners are conducting training for Ukrainian pilots on the F-16. This training is taking place in several countries, including Romania, the United Kingdom, France, and the United States (Arizona).

Recently, US military officials announced that the first group of Ukrainian pilots has completed their F-16 training in Arizona.