24 mai 2023 | International, Aérospatial

Norway says it will help train Ukrainian pilots on F-16 jets

Norway will support training programmes for Ukrainian pilots to fly F-16 fighter jets, Norwegian Defence Minister Bjoern Arild Gram said on Wednesday.


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  • The Army wants to talk to anyone, anytime, anywhere

    3 juin 2019 | International, C4ISR

    The Army wants to talk to anyone, anytime, anywhere

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