Romania and Netherlands Agreed to Establish F-16 Pilot Training Center

Wednesday, 30 August 2023

On August 29, both counties signed a Letter of Intent establishing a F-16 Pilot Training Center in Romania.

"It is important for the Netherlands to demonstrate unity and support for Ukraine in its fight against Russian aggression. The Netherlands and Romania had signed a Letter of Intent to train Ukrainian pilots and maintain F-16 aircraft at a training center in Romania," stated Kajsa Ollongren, the Minister of Defence of the Netherlands, before the Ministerial meeting on Defence in Toledo.

The Defence Ministry of Romania announced that the Royal Dutch Air Force would deploy several F-16 aircraft to the 86th Aviation Base Lieutenant Aviator George Mochorniţ" for the project. Lockheed Martin Company will also provide the highest-level technical support through flight instructors and technical-engineering personnel. 

Through this center, Romania commits to provide a high-quality training environment, with access to technical resources and state-of-the-art know-how not only for the Romanian pilots, but also for those from the Allied and partner states, stated Romanian Defense Minister Angel Tîlvăr.

Ukrainian pilots have begun training on F-16 fighter jets in Denmark. In addition, Greece and Portugal will participate in the training of Ukrainians on F-16 aircraft.

Denmark, the Netherlands, and Norway have already announced their decision to send F-16 aircraft to Ukraine.

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