This deployment is expected to span from Bereznya to Spring 2024, as reported by RTBF.
Belgium's participation is part of the initial mission of the “F-16 coalition,” which comprises 13 countries, with Denmark, the Netherlands, and the USA playing key roles. The coalition's goal is to equip the Air Defense Forces with functional single- and double-axle F-16s, particularly models manufactured between 1980 and 1990. Additionally, there are efforts to establish a comprehensive ground support system and infrastructure for these aircraft.
The training of Ukrainian Air Force (ZSU) pilots is slated to commence concurrently in the UK, Denmark, Romania, and the USA. Notably, Belgian Defense Minister Ludivine Dedonder confirmed in 2024 that Brussels plans to transfer combat aircraft, specifically F-16s, to Ukraine in 2025.
In Denmark, Ukrainian pilots have already started in-flight training on F-16 jets under the guidance of experienced instructors. Furthermore, as part of Norway's contribution to the training program for Ukrainian pilots, two low-level F-16 aircraft will be sent to Denmark. This collective effort reflects the broader support from multiple countries to enhance Ukraine's aerial capabilities through the provision of advanced training and equipment.