Germany Might Support "Fighter Jet Coalition" for Ukraine – Commander of Air Force

Wednesday, 24 May 2023

The Commander of the German Air Force, Ingo Gerhartz, has stated that Germany might join the "fighter jet coalition" for Ukraine, despite not having F-16s, which Kyiv had requested.

"Nations that do not have F-16s can provide more marginal support here, such as infrastructure or training," Gerhartz states in an interview with Tagesspiegel.

He said German Eurofighter aircraft could easily be adapted for F-16s, among other armaments.

He added that the decision on Germany's potential participation in the "fighter jet coalition" and its scope depends on politicians.

"Many countries have just decommissioned their machines and could send them to Ukraine promptly," Gerhartz said.

The day before, German Defence Minister Boris Pistorius stated that his country was considering options to support a coalition of countries to train Ukrainian pilots in operating F-16 fighters. However, he mentioned that Berlin's possible contribution could be limited.

Last week, the United Kingdom announced the establishment of an international coalition of countries aimed at training Ukrainian pilots on fourth-generation fighters, including F-16s. The coalition already includes the United Kingdom, the Netherlands, Belgium, Denmark, the United States, and Portugal.

Acting Danish Minister of Defence, Troels Lund Poulsen, stated that Ukrainian pilots could begin training on F-16s in July.

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