F-16 fighters alone will not be able to radically change the situation on the battlefield in Ukraine. They must be used in a comprehensive manner - together with HIMARS, missiles and other air defense systems. This was stated by NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg during a press conference in Brussels.
"We must understand that there is no single system that would fundamentally change the situation on the battlefield. Many different things have to work, different skills have to be used, and we have to cooperate to make a difference. And we must prepare for a tough battle," he said, mentioning HIMARS, missiles, and air defense systems along with the F-16.
Stoltenberg emphasized that "there is nothing specific that can change the situation on the battlefield."
At the same time, the NATO Secretary General found it difficult to name a specific time when the transfer of the aircraft would take place, because "pilots need to be trained and this is actually happening in Romania" and "America has also given permission for NATO members to provide Ukraine with these fighters."