‘Norway is supporting Ukraine in its efforts to build a modern air defence system. This is both important and necessary. We have already decided to train Ukrainian fighter jet pilots and announced in the summer that we would provide two Norwegian F-16 jets for training purposes. We are planning to donate Norwegian F-16 fighter jets to Ukraine, and will provide further details about the donation, numbers and time frame for delivery, in due course,’ said Prime Minister Jonas Gahr Støre.
The donation of these jets will be carried out in close cooperation with allies. Denmark and the Netherlands have also announced that they will be donating F-16 fighter jets.
‘We will continue our dialogue with the US and other close allies on the development of a modern air defence system in Ukraine. Norway has provided substantial military support to Ukraine and we will continue to do so. The donation of these F-16 jets will significantly strengthen Ukraine’s military capabilities,’ said Minister of Defence Bjørn Arild Gram.