France still not willing to deliver Mirage 2000D to Ukraine | Airlines

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During the signing of a bilateral agreement between France and Ukraine in Paris on February 16, 2024, French President Emmanuel Macron reiterated his commitment to supporting Ukraine “for as long as necessary” to his Ukrainian counterpart, Volodymyr Zelenskyy.

However, despite committing to providing up to €3 billion in additional military aid in 2024, France continues to refuse to supply fighter jets to Ukraine in the near future.

According to Le Monde, France argues that Ukraine lacks the capability to operate several new fighter models and should prioritize a unified and streamlined approach centered on the F-16 rather than dispersing resources across multiple aircraft types. 

The French Air and Space Force is involved in the F-16 international coalition led by Denmark and the Netherlands. Although the French Air and Space Force has never employed US-made F-16 fighter jets, it possesses expertise in NATO standard training and procedures.

On September 3, 2023, Zelenskyy and Macron reported reaching a deal on training Ukrainian pilots in France. Weeks before, General James Hecker, commander of US Air Forces in Europe, US Air Forces Africa, and NATO Allied Command, hinted that Ukrainian pilots selected to operate the F-16 would “go down to France and fly in the Alpha Jet for a little bit.”

In addition to pledges from the Netherlands, Belgium, Denmark, and Norway to provide F-16s, Ukraine’s military leadership has also been seeking Dassault Mirage 2000D fighter-bombers.

The Mirage 2000D (Diversified) variant is an upgraded twin-seat iteration of the multirole fighter jet designed by Dassault Aviation during the 1970s. Derived from the Mirage 2000N (Nuclear), which served as the principal nuclear strike platform for the French Air Force until 2018 [replaced in this capacity by the Rafale – ed. note], the Mirage 2000D is tailored for extended-range precision strikes employing conventional armaments.

The fleet managed by the French Air and Space Force is…

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