Belgium Will Transfer 30 F-16s To Ukraine | Aviation

File photo of a Belgian Air Force F-16AM. (Image credits: Stefano D’Urso/The Aviationist)

With the addition of the Belgian F-16s, the total number that Ukraine will receive now increases from 55 to 85, with deliveries expected by this summer.

The Belgian government will transfer 30 F-16AM aircraft to Ukraine, following the signing of a €977 million military aid package on May 28, 2024. The announcement follows a meeting of Volodymyr Zelenskyy and Belgian Prime Minister Alexander De Croo, during the Ukrainian President’s visit to Belgium.

Belgium already mentioned the intention of delivering some of its “Vipers” (as the F-16s are nicknamed by crews) although the number of aircraft had never been disclosed.

With the addition of the Belgian F-16s, the total number that Ukraine will receive now grows: from 55 to 85, with deliveries expected by this summer.

“These F-16 jets will be provided to Ukraine as soon as possible. Our aim is to be able to provide first aircraft before the end of this year, 2024,” De Croo said at a press conference with Zelenskyy. “We will do everything in our capacity to deliver some planes already this year.”

The Prime Minister made very clear that the aircraft must not fly on Russian territory: “On … utilization of weapons, everything which is covered by this agreement is very clear, it is for utilization by the Ukraine…

Source theaviationist.com

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