Norway will join the training of Ukrainian pilots on American F-16 fighters. At the same time, the country has not yet decided whether it will transfer its F-16s to Ukraine. This was announced by the Minister of Defense of Norway Bjorn Arild Gram.
“The government supports this initiative and is considering how Norway can help together with our allies and partners,” said Mr. Gram (quoted from Reuters).
On May 21, US President Joe Biden announced the start of training Ukrainian pilots to work on the F-16. He announced this at a press conference following the G7 summit in Japanese Hiroshima, which was also attended by President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky. On May 23, the head of European diplomacy, Josep Borrell, said that the training of Ukrainian pilots had already begun “in several countries”, including Poland.
According to information Forbes, Norway owned 64 F-16s. In 2022, they were removed from service and replaced with newer F-35s fighters.
Read more about the supply of fighter jets to Ukraine in the material “Kommersant” “Kyiv received a pilot project.”