‘Big step’: U.S. joins major effort to train Ukrainian pilots on F-16s, other jets
Officials hope to begin instruction in the coming weeks.
The U.S. will support a joint international effort to train Ukrainian pilots on modern fighter aircraft, including F-16s, President Joe Biden informed G-7 leaders on Friday in Japan.
According to a senior administration official, who was granted anonymity to discuss the matter before it was announced, the training will take place outside Ukraine at a site in Europe and will require months to complete. Officials hope to begin the training in the coming weeks, the official said.
The move marks a major step forward for the larger and longer-term goal of eventually sending advanced Western fighter jets to Ukraine.
The coalition of countries participating in the training effort will decide when to actually provide the jets, how many to send and who will transfer them as the training takes place over the coming months.
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