Ukraine invites F-16 pilots to join its International Legion

11 April, 01:33 AM
F-16 fighter aircraft (Photo:REUTERS/Lukasz Glowala)

F-16 fighter aircraft (Photo:REUTERS/Lukasz Glowala)

Ukrainian Defense Minister Oleksii Reznikov invited foreign pilots with experience of flying F-16 fighter jets to join Ukraine’s International Legion, Media Center Ukraine reported on April 10.

“If there are pilots who know how to fly the F-16 and are ready to take part (in the war), the foreign legion is ready to open their doors,” Reznikov said during a briefing.

He also invited foreign specialists who know how to maintain Western-made artillery and tanks to come join Ukraine’s war effort.

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According to Reznikov, Kyiv’s Western partners will finally greenlight transfer of modern combat aircraft in coming months.

Ukrainian pilots could master F-16 jets in under six months, Commander of the Ukrainian Air Force, Gen. Serhiy Holubtsov, said on March 20.

Ukraine says it needs F-16 fighters to support its coming offensive against Russian invasion forces, and to counter the latest escalation in the war by Russia – the bombing of Ukrainian border cities with guided glide bombs, dropped by Russian warplanes flying outside the range of Ukrainian air defenses.

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