Norway Confirms Significant Contribution of F-16 Fighter Jets to Ukraine

by Roman Cheplyk
Monday, April 15, 2024
Norway Confirms Significant Contribution of F-16 Fighter Jets to Ukraine

Norway, as part of a broader fighter coalition, has pledged to provide Ukraine with a substantial number of F-16 fighter jets to enhance its strike capabilities beyond the front lines

This was announced by Norwegian Foreign Minister Espen Bart Eide during a joint briefing with his Ukrainian counterpart, Dmytro Kuleba.

Eide emphasized the strategic importance of boosting Ukraine's long-range strike potential, stating, "I am convinced that Ukraine should also strengthen its strike potential, strike behind the front line. And this is one of the reasons why we are very happy to join the F-16 coalition, where we will transfer Norwegian F-16s, which are updated and in good shape." The jets, equipped with the latest weaponry, are intended to significantly enhance Ukraine's aerial combat capabilities.

In collaboration with Danish and Dutch partners, Norway is also actively involved in training Ukrainian pilots to operate these advanced aircraft. Eide hinted at the possibility of further enhancing Ukraine’s long-range strike capabilities but stopped short of specifying the exact number of aircraft to be supplied.

Detailing the complexity and effectiveness of the F-16s, Eide noted, "Because it is a very advanced technological platform, but the main thing is also a weapon system that can be hung on the platform. Therefore, together as a system, it will be a rather significant contribution."

Additionally, Canada is set to contribute approximately $44 million to support the defense of Ukraine, with funds earmarked for building the capacity of the Air Force of the Contact Group on the Defense of Ukraine. Canadian Minister of National Defense Bill Blair specified that the funding would facilitate the supply of crucial resources including spare parts, weapons stations, avionics, and ammunition for the F-16 jets.

These collaborative international efforts underline the significant and ongoing support for Ukraine's defense capabilities amid its ongoing conflict.

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