Sending US F-16s to Ukraine far-fetched: Politico
The US expects the conflict with Russia to last for years, Politico quoted US Air Force General James Hecker as saying.
US Air Force General James Hecker believes, as cited by Politico, that if the United States decides to provide Ukraine with F-16 fighter jets, it could take two to three years for Kiev to receive them.
The commander of US Air Forces in Europe and Africa (USAFE-AFAFRICA) made the remarks during a speech at the annual Air Force Association conference on Monday.
Hecker attributed the delay to logistical and training issues, but he considered that Ukraine will receive the US-made warplanes in the future because "people are starting to think more long term," as per Politico.
Last week, the newspaper reported that the US government was considering sending F-16 fighter jets and Patriot long-range anti-aircraft missiles to Ukraine, expecting “the conflict with Russia to last for years”.
Throughout the war in Ukraine, Washington has increased its arms shipments, eventually agreeing to provide multi-launch rocket systems, such as HIMARS, as well as long-range artillery platforms.
However, the Pentagon has refuted sending some of its more sophisticated weapons, such as heavy armor or fighter jets, instead agreeing to facilitate transfers of Soviet-era equipment from third countries such as Poland and the Czech Republic.