Ukraine

How quickly could Ukrainian pilots get up to speed with Western jets?

An RAF veteran says basic, "high-risk" training could fast-track personnel, mostly using simulators.

A former fast jet pilot has explored the idea of fast-tracking Ukrainian training on Western fighter aircraft, were NATO countries to offer them.

As Russia’s invasion continues, retired Air Marshal Greg Bagwell thinks the rulebook on fighter pilot training should be torn up to give Ukraine the advantage it needs in the air, and that basic training for Ukrainian pilots could take place almost entirely on simulators.

NATO countries are considering the idea of sending F-16s and even Typhoons to support the defence of Ukraine, though it can take three to four years to train a UK fighter pilot from scratch and six months for an experienced pilot to learn to fly a new aircraft.