Yuriy Ignat, a Ukrainian Air Force Command spokesman, said that several dozen Ukrainians had been trained on F-16 fighter jets and are ready to pilot them in a battle against the invaders. It is known that training from zero to an F-16 specialist takes 3 years. We don't have that time. Therefore, Ukraine sent experienced pilots for training. And when the Ukrainian army receives F-16s, we will be ready to use them.
"Determined by the commander of the Air Force pilots who already have a certain level of English, combat experience, and these are young pilots. They are ready to fight tomorrow. Here we need a political decision so that we can start the process of training ground personnel as well, these are combat command and control officers and military engineers. Several dozen pilots are already ready to fight," Yuri Ignat.
Several individuals and country representatives have declared their readiness to provide F-16s to Ukraine. So far, however, no country or organisation has given unequivocal consent.