F-16 fighter jets ‘not related’ | EUROtoday

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Western-supplied F-16 fighter jets on account of arrive in Ukraine this summer season are “no longer relevant”, a senior Ukrainian navy official advised Politico.

“Often, we just don’t get the weapons systems at the time we need them – they come when they’re no longer relevant,” the high-ranking officer, who was unnamed, stated. “Every weapon has its own right time. F-16s were needed in 2023; they won’t be right for 2024.”

A dozen of the US-made plane are anticipated to be delivered to Ukraine in July following months of campaigning from president Volodymyr Zelensky and different senior Kyiv officers.

Kyiv’s allies hope the fashionable jets can push Russian plane farther from the frontlines, however the unnamed official stated Moscow is now able to counter them.

Instead, the officer stated Ukraine now wants extra primary conventional weapons in addition to drones. “We need Howitzers and shells, hundreds of thousands of shells, and rockets,” he stated, estimating that Ukraine wanted 4 million shells and a pair of million drones.