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Which countries have F 16s (and could “Donate” them to Ukraine)

During the G7 summit held from 19 to 21 May in Japan, US President Joe Biden gave permission to other countries to deliver F-16 fighter jets – manufactured by the US company Lockheed Martin – to Ukraine.

As Martin Armstrong of Statista notes, the "historic" decision, welcomed by Ukrainian President Zelensky, the delivery of these planes developed in the 70s and currently used by 25 countries, had so far been blocked by Washington.

If these deliveries become a reality, they would allow Kiev to beef up its air combat capabilities, after the loss of about 60 of the approximately 100 fighter planes it had at the start of the Russian invasion.

As the manufacturing country with the largest stock (936 active aircraft), however, the United States has already pledged to participate in the training of Ukrainian pilots in the use of the F-16. As the data in our graph shows, after the Americans, Turkey owns the largest number of F-16s (243 aircraft). Followed by Israel (224), Egypt (218), South Korea (167), Greece (153) and Taiwan (136 and 66 in order). Together with the United States, these countries own three-quarters of the world's F-16 fleet. Other European countries also have several dozen F-16s in service, such as Belgium (52), Poland (48), Denmark (43) and the Netherlands (29). And the latter are the ones who, most likely, can transfer them to

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The article Which countries have F 16s (and could “Donate” them to Ukraine) is from Scenari Economics .

This is a machine translation of a post published on Scenari Economici at the URL on Fri, 26 May 2023 16:52:38 +0000.