Britain: Typhoon fighters for Ukraine after the war with Russia

LONDON, UK — Ukraine will be able to receive modern fighter jets only after the completion of the Russian special military operation, British Defense Minister Ben Wallace said.

UK will train Ukrainian pilots, even though it cannot train its own - eurofighter typhoon
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Wallace, in an interview with Spiegel, warned that the Ukrainian authorities should not wait for “rapid deliveries of combat aircraft”. At least that’s how it will be at the current stage and “almost certainly” in the next six months, RIA Novosti quoted him as saying.

“Let’s be honest, it will be a long time before anyone delivers fighter jets to Ukraine,” said the head of Britain’s defense ministry, adding that modern fighter jets such as the Eurofighter [Typhoon] could be delivered to Ukraine only after the completion of the Russian special operation. He noted that Western countries have reached such a consensus.

On February 16, the European Parliament [EP] adopted a resolution marking the anniversary of the start of Russia’s war in Ukraine, in which it indicated the need to supply Kyiv with all types of weapons without exception, including combat aircraft, helicopters, and missiles.

Poland and the Netherlands

As wrote earlier, Poland is ready to provide its MiG-29s. The President of Poland, Mr. Andrzej Duda, announced that Warsaw is considering providing MiG-29s to Ukraine. Poland has 29 Soviet MiG-29A/UB fighters. Six of them are used by the Polish Air Force for training and training. In his statement, Mr. Duda added that if a coalition was formed to supply US F-16 fighter jets, Poland would join. recalls that, in addition to Poland, the Netherlands also intends to consider the delivery of F-16s to Ukraine. Just a few days ago, Amsterdam officially announced that there was an inquiry from Kyiv for the re-export of F-16 fighter jets. The Ministry of Defense of the Netherlands, Ms. Kaisa Olongren announced the news on February 10.

The Netherlands has announced that it will discuss the “understandable request”, but implementation is a rather complicated process. According to Mr. Olongren, in addition to the fact that the US would have to allow the delivery of F-16s to Ukraine, the Dutch government would have to seriously consider the possible consequences of such actions.

Poland has delivered MiG-29 fighters to Ukraine but in parts
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At the moment, there is no information on whether Warsaw will ask for compensation for the delivery of MiG-29s to Ukraine. It is possible, but this is only an assumption, that Poland will ask its Western partners for a weapons platform equivalent to ensure the eventual delivery of Soviet fighters to Ukraine.


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