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Netherlands to Supply Ukraine with F-16 Fighter Jets


Wed 03 Jul 2024 | 01:48 PM
Israa Farhan

Netherlands, through Defense Minister Kajsa Ollongren, has confirmed obtaining the necessary permits to supply F-16 fighter jets to Ukraine.

This announcement was made to the Dutch Parliament on Tuesday, signaling a pivotal step in the ongoing support for Ukraine's defense against Russian aggression.

Ollongren informed parliamentarians that the permits for the transfer of the F-16s were secured, facilitating the delivery ahead of the Dutch government's transition period following a protracted coalition formation since last year's elections, as reported by the NL Times.

While specific details regarding the number of jets in the initial delivery and the exact timeline for their arrival in Ukraine remain undisclosed due to security concerns, the commitment marks a significant advancement in military aid.

The Netherlands has been instrumental in forming an international coalition dedicated to providing F-16s to Ukraine. This effort aims to enhance Ukraine's air defense capabilities in the face of ongoing Russian military operations.

To support this initiative, the Dutch government has already dispatched F-16s to a training facility in Romania. 

This facility is crucial for training Ukrainian pilots and ground crews on the operation and maintenance of these advanced aircraft.

The decision to supply F-16s underscores the Netherlands' commitment to strengthening Ukraine's defensive posture and aligns with broader international efforts to support Ukraine's sovereignty and territorial integrity.

As the conflict persists, the introduction of modern fighter jets is expected to provide a substantial boost to Ukraine's air defense capabilities.