Ukraine could get dozens of ‘game-changing’ F-16s as Biden gives green light to hand over fighter jets
US officials have given Ukraine the green light to procure “game-changing” F-16 fighter jets to use against Russia.
The White House is understood to have agreed it will not prevent its European allies from delivering the US-made fighter jets.
F-16s were high on Ukraine’s weapon wish list – with Kiev arguing they couldn’t beat the Russians without modern aircraft.
Ukraine’s Air Force currently relies on outdated Soviet-era jets that can’t compete with the more modern planes of Vladimir Putin’s Air Force.
Some European countries have F-16s and may be willing to export them to Ukraine.
The move comes with red tape, however, as US officials must give final approval because it is “sensitive” technology.
US President Joe Biden had been asked by US politicians to approve the use of jets in Ukraine.
However, it is believed that Washington has no plans to send its own planes.
The issue is expected to be the subject of debate at the next NATO summit in July in Vilnius, Lithuania.