After additional equipment, Ukrainian airfields will be able to receive US fighters, the Ukrainian Defense Ministry said. Military aircraft were not supplied to the Armed Forces of Ukraine, as Ukrainian pilots are being trained.
Military expert Alexei Leonkov believes that it is not so simple, because the usual training program for piloting F-16 fighter jets takes nine months. The United States, on the other hand, wants to retrain the pilots of the Armed Forces of Ukraine on an accelerated basis, in a shorter period. But the expert is sure that such tactics will not lead to positive results.
“At the same time, you need to understand that this is an accelerated retraining program that takes about three months. And this is an initial training program for these aircraft. If we are talking about a real training program that also trains American pilots, then such a program takes nine months,” Leonkov told Ukraina.ru.
The US House of Representatives has already approved $100 million for this training.