Copyright © 2024

The work of Euromaidan Press is supported by the International Renaissance Foundation

When referencing our materials, please include an active hyperlink to the Euromaidan Press material and a maximum 500-character extract of the story. To reprint anything longer, written permission must be acquired from [email protected].

Privacy and Cookie Policies.

Belgium pledges €100M to maintain Ukraine’s F-16 fighter jet fleet

This week, Ukrainian FM Dmytro Kuleba announced that F-16 jets would be in Ukraine’s airspace by mid-summer.
Minister of Defense Ludivine Dedonder visits Belgian F-16 pilots in Amari, Estonia. Photo:
Belgium pledges €100M to maintain Ukraine’s F-16 fighter jet fleet

Belgium has pledged €100 million in aid to Ukraine for the maintenance and support of F-16 fighter jets as part of the international F-16 coalition, Defense Minister Ludivine Dedonder announced.

“The Council of Ministers approved the 25th aid package for Ukraine: €100 million will be allocated for the maintenance and support of F-16s as part of the international F-16 coalition. We keep going!” Dedonder wrote on X/Twitter.

On March 27, Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba stated that F-16 jets would appear in Ukraine’s airspace by mid-summer.

Previously, on February 18, Foreign Policy reported, citing European officials, that the first F-16 fighters would arrive in Ukraine around June 2024.

Earlier estimates suggested the transfer of fighter jets to Ukraine would occur in the first half of 2024.

In August 2023, the Netherlands and Denmark jointly promised to transfer 61 American F-16 fighters to Ukraine, following approval from the United States. Norway also confirmed its intention to provide F-16s. Belgium will transfer F-16s to Ukraine as well, but starting in 2025.

Ukrainian pilots are currently undergoing F-16 training in partner countries. On March 22, the UK government announced that the first 10 Ukrainian pilots had completed basic flight, ground, and language training on F-16 fighters in Britain. These personnel will now proceed to advanced flight training provided by the French Air Force.

Read more:

You could close this page. Or you could join our community and help us produce more materials like this.  We keep our reporting open and accessible to everyone because we believe in the power of free information. This is why our small, cost-effective team depends on the support of readers like you to bring deliver timely news, quality analysis, and on-the-ground reports about Russia's war against Ukraine and Ukraine's struggle to build a democratic society. A little bit goes a long way: for as little as the cost of one cup of coffee a month, you can help build bridges between Ukraine and the rest of the world, plus become a co-creator and vote for topics we should cover next. Become a patron or see other ways to support. Become a Patron!

To suggest a correction or clarification, write to us here

You can also highlight the text and press Ctrl + Enter

Please leave your suggestions or corrections here

    Will the West continue to support Ukraine?
    • Know what moves the world.
    • Stay informed with Kompreno.
    • Get quality journalism from across Europe.
    Special discount
    for Euromaidan Press readers
    Euromaidan Press

    We are an independent media outlet that relies solely on advertising revenue to sustain itself. We do not endorse or promote any products or services for financial gain. Therefore, we kindly ask for your support by disabling your ad blocker. Your assistance helps us continue providing quality content. Thank you!

    Related Posts