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Denmark commits 19 F-16 fighter jets to Ukraine, with first shipment around New Year

Denmark commits 19 F-16 fighter jets to Ukraine, with first shipment around New Year

MADRID, Aug. 20 (EUROPA PRESS) –

The Prime Minister of Denmark, Mette Fredericksen, announced this Sunday that the country will deliver 19 F-16 combat aircraft to Ukraine in compliance with the agreement ratified with the Ukrainian President, Volodimir Zelenski, on a surprise visit to the country.

“We know that your freedom is our freedom, but more is needed, which is why we are announcing the donation of 19 F-16 combat planes,” the Prime Minister announced at a press conference with Zelenski, reported by the newspaper ‘Politiken’.

Frederiksen has specified that Ukraine will receive a first batch of six combat aircraft “around the New Year”, followed by another eight in 2024 and another five in 2025.

This announcement comes after, on the same day, Zelenski obtained from the Netherlands the promise of the delivery of these combat planes — a total of 42, according to the president, although the Dutch government has not dared to give a exact figure — insistently requested by Kiev to defend itself against Russia.


These 19 aircraft make up more than half of the 30 F-16s that Denmark has available, although, as is already the case in the Netherlands, it is pending to replace 27 of them with the new American F-35s from Lockheed Martin Corp.

The devices, thus, will be delivered as the US meets the delivery deadlines for the F-35s and as the Ukrainian pilots and personnel (a total of 70 troops) currently deployed in Denmark complete their training.

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