The Air Force has selected a group of pilots to train with Western fighter jets
The Air Force of the Armed Forces of Ukraine has selected a group of pilots who will be mastering Western fighter jets in the future.
Yurii Ihnat, Speaker of the Air Force of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, mentioned this on air during the UA together marathon.
According to him, the selected group includes several dozen pilots proficient in English.
“Lieutenant General Mykola Oleschuk, Commander of the Air Force, identified a group – these include dozens of pilots who can move and start studying even tomorrow. Just need to decide which warplanes the partners would be ready to provide us. These airmen are young, promising, proficient in English, with combat experience,” Ihnat said.
The U.S. Congress previously adopted the draft Pentagon budget, which provides $100 million for the training of Ukrainian pilots.
Republican Congressman Adam Kinzinger, the author of this initiative, suggested spending them on training Ukrainians to use the F-15 or F-16 fighter jets. At the same time, so far, there has been no information about the final approval of this initiative by the American authorities.
The United States stated that it was conducting research in the interests of the future of the Air Forces of the Armed Forces of Ukraine. The Pentagon shared that they wanted to find out which type of fighter jet would be optimal for upgrading Ukrainian tactical aviation. At the same time, no specific promises on the transfer of Western aircraft to Ukraine have yet been made.
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