Dmytro Kuleba, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine, stated that the F-16 fighter jets may appear in Ukraine in the first half of 2024.
Source: Kuleba on air of the Ukrainian 1+1 TV-channel, as reported by European Pravda
Quote: "According to the optimistic scenario [they will be supplied] in the first half of the next year."
Kuleba reported that at the moment the Ukrainian pilots are undergoing training abroad while Ukraine is preparing necessary infrastructure.
"So the only obstacles for the appearance of F-16s in the Ukrainian air space is the end of the pilots’ training and the preparation of the infrastructure," Kuleba explained.
Earlier, Politico reported that a small group of Ukrainian pilots have already completed language courses at Lackland Air Force Base in Texas and are due to begin training on F-16 fighter jets next week at the US Air National Guard Air Base in Arizona.
Earlier the US forecasted that the first Ukrainian pilots to train on the F-16s may finish the programme in three months but will be able to perform combat missions later.