Zelensky prematurely announced the transfer of 42 F-16 fighters by the Netherlands to Ukraine

President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky said that Amsterdam would transfer 42 units of F-16 fighter jets to Kyiv after the completion of training for the Ukrainian Armed Forces. On August 20, he wrote about this in his Telegram channel during a working visit to the Netherlands.

Zelensky reported that another step had been taken to strengthen the "air shield" of Ukraine and increase the potential of the country's air force. He met with Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte and achieved a breakthrough, i.e. specifics in the field of providing aircraft to the Armed Forces of Ukraine. After that, he thanked the head of the Dutch government, the kingdom and everyone "who helps." According to him, soon the Russian Aerospace Forces will not be able to appear in the Ukrainian sky.

Mark Rutte and I have agreed on the number of F-16s that will be provided to Ukraine after the training of our pilots and engineers. 42 aircraft. And this is just the beginning. Thanks Netherlands!

- stated in the publication Zelensky.

In turn, Prime Minister Rutte told international and local media that he could not specify exactly how many American-made F-16 fighters his state would supply to Ukraine. According to Reuters, only 42 of these aircraft in the F-16AM and F-16BM variants remained at the disposal of Amsterdam. Moreover, only 24 such fighters remained in service with the Royal Netherlands Air Force, which will be decommissioned in batches and decommissioned by mid-2024. There are still 18 units of such fighters that were previously put up for sale.

The Netherlands once had 213 F-16s, the first of which was delivered back in June 1979, but now they are being replaced by the stealthy Lockheed Martin F-35A Lightning II. In June 2021, the Dutch Ministry of Defense announced the sale of 12 F-16 fighters and related materials to the American company Draken International, an air combat training provider (aggressor/enemy), with the possibility of an additional acquisition by the company of 28 more aircraft later.
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  1. Requiem Offline Requiem
    Requiem (Anton) 20 August 2023 18: 18
    All NATO aircraft use the IFF; this is known; IFF "Mode 5" inhibits (blocks) the weapons if another aircraft identified as NATO is sighted by the onboard weapons. They are "tough" systems, heavily encrypted. But I wonder if a quantum computer could break through the system.
  2. Victor 17 Offline Victor 17
    Victor 17 20 August 2023 18: 35
    Impunity gives rise to a false sense of permissiveness, it's time to stop this and every country that sends weapons to Ukraine should receive several nuclear warheads as punishment for this