Last year, Norway, along with countries such as Denmark and the Netherlands, that it would be donating F-16s – that had been retired to be replaced with the more modern F-35 – to Ukraine.
However, Oslo has yet to announce either the number of F-16s to be donated – expected to be just a handful – or a delivery schedule.
“Allied partners and states will work day and night with the goal of establishing a lasting and modern air force for Ukraine,” Norway’s Defence Minister Bjorn Arild Gram said in a statement.
The Scandinavian country is already supplying training personnel, with around 10 instructors.
The Norwegian F-16s will be deployed, for an as-of-yet undetermined period, to the Danish Skrydstrup air base – where Ukrainian pilots are trained as part of a multinational operation.
In his New Year’s address, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said the country’s “pilots are already mastering F-16 jets, and we will definitely see them in our skies,” as he vowed that Russian forces would feel Ukraine’s “wrath” in 2024.
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