The transfer of F-16 aircraft to Ukraine includes the necessity of providing them with support in operating these machines. This also applies to maintenance and repairs. These events will be held – as reported by the American politician William A. Laplante – in Poland.
The first batch of F-16s scheduled for transfer to Ukraine was delivered in early November 2023 It was transported from the Netherlands to Romania. Five aircraft are currently stationed at Air Base 86 near the city of Borsia, where the F-16s purchased by Bucharest will also be delivered.
Ukrainian pilots are training there – near their country’s borders – under the supervision of NATO instructors. In parallel with the training of pilots, work is underway to provide support to Ukrainian aviation in the operation and repair of Western machines.
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According to US Air Force Deputy Secretary for Acquisition, Technology, and Logistics William A. Laplante, Ukrainian F-16s will be repaired in European countries, especially in Poland, and primary service will be carried out in Ukraine.
This decision includes the transfer of a stock of parts and consumables by the US Department of Defense At least 90 days of operation F-16 in combat conditions.
Since the aircraft donated by Western countries will arrive in Ukraine in good technical condition, the Americans’ decision indicates that they expect the aircraft to be operated by the Ukrainian Air Force for a longer period of time. As he explained Melmag service William A. No, it is you:
Polish service center for F-16 aircraft
The decision to locate a service center for Ukrainian machines should not come as a surprise. Poland is already an important center for both production (at the PZL Mielec plant) and service of the F-16 at Military Aviation Works No. 2 in Bydgoszcz.
WZL2 is responsible not only for the servicing of 48 Polish F-16s, but also for the replenishment of the entire fleet of American aircraft of this type stationed in Europe, i.e. 90 other machines.
Lukasz Michalek, journalist at Wirtualna Polska
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