Ukraine’s Air Force picks pilots for training on Western-type fighter jets

Ukraine’s Air Force picks pilots for training on Western-type fighter jets

A dozen of pilots have already been selected by Ukraine’s Air Force for training on Western fighter jets.

That’s according to the spokesman for the Air Force, Yuriy Ihnat, Ukrinform reports with reference to ArmyInform.

These are young pilots with knowledge of the English language and powerful combat experience, the report reads.

Ihnat noted that the issue of providing Ukraine with Western-type fighter jets, possibly F15s and F16s, remains urgent. Ukrainian pilots are ready to leave for training as soon as tomorrow. It is up to the Western partners, who are to finally decide on the type of aircraft that can be provided to the embattled country.

Read also: U.S. should start training Ukrainian pilots to fly F15s, F16s - Special Advisor to CinC Zaluzhnyi

"Unfortunately, today's aviation – Soviet-type MiGs and Sus – does not meet the military threats posed by the occupying power, which is shelling Ukraine with powerful cruise missiles. The military-political leadership and diplomacy are working in all directions to speed up the pace of such deliveries,” said the spokesman.

As Ukrinform reported earlier, citing the Armed Forces spokesman, more than 300 Shahed-136 one-way attack drones have been shot down since September 13.

Photo: Ministry of Defense of Ukraine

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