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Lockheed ready to train Ukrainian pilots if Nato allies send F-16s to Kyiv – FT

Norwegian F-16. Photo: Norwegian Air Force
Lockheed ready to train Ukrainian pilots if Nato allies send F-16s to Kyiv – FT

US defense manufacturer Lockheed Martin has said it stands ready to help Ukrainian pilots fly and maintain its F-16 fighter jets if NATO states agree to send them to Ukraine, Financial Times reports.

“We are standing by, ready to not only backfill need as it arises with new F-16 builds but also any modifications to F-16s as well as training, equipment, and systems,” the company’s chief operating officer Frank St John said.

Lockheed Martin’s weaponry, such as the guided multiple launch rockets (GMLRS) and Javelin anti-tank missiles, have played a significant role on the battlefield in Ukraine.

St John said Ukraine’s troops had shown an “incredible learning aptitude” and “very rapidly mastered the use of those systems and employed them with great effectiveness so I am very confident that Ukrainian pilots are going to master the F-16 and be able to use it very effectively in short order.” 

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