The Norwegian government has committed to aiding Ukraine in developing a modern air force. The long-term objective is for Ukraine to establish its own sustainable defence capabilities, crucial for European security and stability. This support will be part of a multinational effort led by the US, Denmark, and the Netherlands. Following in the footsteps of Denmark, Belgium, and the Netherlands, Norway has also decided to donate F-16s to Ukraine, with pilot training being a key component of this initiative.
“Ukrainian pilots, experienced with different fighter jets, will now be trained on the F-16 systems. Concurrently, Ukrainian technicians will receive training in Denmark, the USA, and Belgium. Allied partners and states are committed to working towards establishing a sustainable and modern air force for Ukraine,” said Defence Minister Bjørn Arild Gram.
The training of Ukrainian pilots will take place in Skydstrup, Denmark, in a multinational program led by Denmark. “The duration of our deployment to Denmark will be determined through dialogue with the program’s partners,” the Norwegian Defence Minister added.
Ukraine has long sought support to build a modern air force, essential for the country’s security. Such an independent Ukrainian capability is also crucial for broader European stability and security.
The Norwegian government’s decision to donate military equipment and weapons to Ukraine, made just days after Russia’s illegal invasion in February 2022, underlines the importance of continued support for Ukraine in the current security situation.