Ukrainian pilots train with French "Alphajet" planes

photo: Adrien Vautier

Future Ukrainian pilots who will fly the F-16 are taking an intensive training course in France on Alphajet training jets.

Details of the training of Ukrainian pilots are published in the report of the French edition of Monde.

The French Air Force has promised to train 26 Ukrainian pilots in two years. However, according to the publication, there are currently only ten. Some of them have never flown, others have experience piloting L-39 Albatros training aircraft.

After several months of preparation in the UK, especially for learning the English language, in March this year a group of pilots arrived in France, where they began theoretical and practical training.

photo: Adrien Vautier

Immediately upon arrival, they "were put on a training program." Their identity is not revealed, but what is known is that they are between 21 and 23 years old.

The training of the Ukrainian military is carried out according to a reduced program at an accelerated pace. It will last only six months, as opposed to the usual course of eighteen months.

For pilot flight training, modified Alphajet jet training aircraft transferred from Belgium are used. They are equipped with an instrument panel that simulates that of the F-16 in fighters.

There are no F-16 fighters at the air base, which should be the culmination of training for Ukrainian pilots. Therefore, after the end of it, the Ukrainian pilots will go to the training center in Romania.

As previously reported, there is now a European F-16 fighter pilot training center in Romania, which opened late last year.

Ukrainian pilots will enter the first wave of F-16 fighter training at the new center.

photo: Adrien Vautier

The Netherlands, within the framework of the aviation coalition, provides its own planes for the preparation of the Ukrainians.

By the end of the year, the country aims to transfer up to 18 F-16 fighters to the Romanian air base.

The increase in the number of these aircraft should positively affect the quality and speed of training of Ukrainian pilots.

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