Joint Statement on F-16s for Ukraine from U.S. President Joseph R. Biden, Dutch Prime Minister Dick Schoof, and Danish Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen

Written from press release

Washington, D.C. — July 10, 2024

In a move to bolster Ukraine’s defense capabilities, U.S. President Joseph R. Biden, Dutch Prime Minister Dick Schoof, and Danish Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen have announced the transfer of American-made F-16 fighter jets to Ukraine. This joint effort is part of the Air Force Capability Coalition for Ukraine, aiming to strengthen the country’s air defense amid ongoing conflict with Russia.

The governments of Denmark and the Netherlands are spearheading this initiative with the support of the United States. The transfer process for these operational F-16s is currently underway, and Ukraine is expected to deploy these jets by the end of the summer. Due to operational security concerns, further details about the transfer are not being disclosed at this time.

“We are grateful to Belgium and Norway for their commitment to provide additional aircraft,” the statement reads. “We also extend our appreciation to other members of the Air Force Capability Coalition for their unwavering support.”

The coalition’s efforts include not only the provision of modern fourth-generation F-16 multi-role aircraft but also their sustainment, armament, and associated training for Ukrainian pilots. This comprehensive support aims to enhance Ukraine’s operational effectiveness in its defense against the war Russia started when it invaded Ukraine.

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