F-16 is ‘the most significant weapons announcement’ since tanks

US President Joe Biden, backing on Friday a plan by Western allies to train Ukrainian fighter pilots in F-16 fighters, is “the most important weapons announcement yet.” […] since the tanks were promised in February; perhaps more significant because, although it does not represent a leap in opportunity; in fact, it distributes this aid directly in the air, said Frank Ledwidge, senior lecturer in military strategy at the University of Portsmouth. very similar; in other words, the British and one or two other powers in Europe got together in February and donated modern NATO tanks; much the same happened with promises of training and Prime Minister Sunak’s mention of a jet-powered coalition, which also put pressure on the US at this time. Though I suspect it wasn’t exactly one after the other; I suspect there was a bit more collaboration than we think.”