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Ukraine Issues F-16s Missile Update

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Ukraine is expecting to use missiles with a range of more than 300 miles on its long-awaited F-16 jets, once they arrive in the country, a senior Ukrainian military commander has said.

“In further packages of military aid, Ukraine expects F-16 aircraft and missiles with a range of 300 to 500 kilometers [186 to 310 miles], which will allow the Defense Forces of Ukraine to achieve even greater success on the battlefield and liberate our territory from the enemy,” said Lt. Gen. Serhii Naiev, the commander of Ukraine’s joint forces.

Missiles with a range of approximately 190 to 300 miles have been used to dramatic effect within Ukraine, courtesy of Kyiv’s Western backers.

An F-16 Fighting Falcon from the Polish Air Force takes part in a NATO exercise at the Lask Air Base on October 12, 2022 in Lask, Poland. Ukraine is expecting to use missiles with a…


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Ukraine has repeatedly used British-supplied Storm Shadow and French-donated SCALP air-launched missiles to strike Russian targets in and around the Moscow-controlled Crimean peninsula. The manufacturer puts the range of the missiles, which are launched from Ukrainian jets, at more than 155 miles, and experts have said they could reach around 250 miles.

This is a breaking story and will be updated shortly with additional information.