Sweden has announced its willingness to train Ukrainian pilots on its advanced Saab Gripen fighter jets, which it manufactures locally. However, Stockholm is not going to deliver the plane to Kiev.
“Stockholm will allow Ukrainian pilots to train on its JAS 39 Gripen fighter jets as part of an introductory programme,” Swedish Defense Minister Päll Johnson said in a television interview on May 25.
Johnson said Sweden still needed the Gripen fighter jets for its defense needs.
“So we will not give it to Ukraine,” he said.
Johnson did not say when or where training of Ukrainian pilots for the Gripen would take place.
As is known, Sweden rejected Ukraine’s request for the Gripen in February, citing Sweden’s defense needs.
Kiev has repeatedly appealed to its partners for modern aircraft to help secure its airspace.
In May, Denmark and the Netherlands announced that they would train Ukrainian pilots on F-16 fighter jets.
Meanwhile, Britain and France will train Ukrainian pilots for other aircraft to operate fourth-generation fighter jets.
The United States agreed to train Ukrainian pilots on the F-16 and even agreed to deliver these aircraft to Ukraine.
However, the United States will not donate its aircraft and will only send instructors to train Ukrainian pilots on the F-16s in Europe.