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Transfer of Danish F-16s to Ukraine delayed by six months

Transfer of Danish F-16s to Ukraine delayed by six months Photo: the transfer of F-16 aircraft from Denmark to Ukraine is delayed (Getty Images)

The delivery of F-16 fighter jets from Denmark to Ukraine is being delayed. The delay period is approximately six months, reports Berlingske.

The publication, citing the Ministry of Defense of Denmark, indicates that a series of conditions necessary for Ukraine to use the transferred fighter jets have not been met. Ukraine was supposed to receive the first six fighter jets after the New Year, but the schedule has now been pushed, and the delivery is expected in the second quarter of 2024.

The Danish Ministry of Defense explains that factors influencing the delays include the training schedule of Ukrainian pilots, which depends on equipment and weather.

"Additionally, work continues in the international Air Force Coalition to ensure the creation of the necessary material-technical base and infrastructure in Ukraine," the department adds.

The publication notes that six Ukrainian pilots are currently undergoing training in Denmark. It is expected that in 2024, Denmark will send another eight F-16 aircraft to Ukraine, and in 2025, five more. Whether these deliveries will be delayed is currently unknown.

F-16s for Ukraine

Earlier, Ukraine's allies announced the formation of an aviation coalition to provide the country with modern fighter jets, including the F-16. The coalition is led by the Netherlands and Denmark.

Recently, it was officially announced that the first group of Ukrainian pilots completed the basic training program in the UK and began training on F-16 fighter jets in Denmark.

On December 22, Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte revealed that the government had decided to prepare the first 18 F-16 fighter jets for transfer to Ukraine.

Yesterday, Norway reported that the first Norwegian F-16s had arrived in Denmark, where Ukrainian pilots will undergo training.