RT-Engels: 16-07-2024,

Any serviceman who shoots down a US-made military aircraft will receive 15 million rubles ($170,000), a private company has said

The first Russian soldier to destroy one of the US-made F-16 fighter jets that Western nations are about to hand to Kiev, will receive a substantial reward, the private company Fores has announced.

The manufacturer of ceramic proppants has previously paid out bounties for Western equipment taken out by the Russian military.

The US, Belgium, Denmark, Norway, and Netherlands have pledged to provide the Ukrainian military with at least 60 F-16s by the end of this year. In early July, the Dutch government announced that the transfer of the first jets out of a batch of 24 was imminent.

“There will be a reward for destroying the F-15 and F-16 fighter jets,” the Fores deputy CEO, Ilya Potanin, said in a video published by the Russian Defense Ministry on Tuesday. The bounty for the first downed aircraft will amount to 15 million rubles ($170,000), the executive stated, adding that such plans were confirmed by his company CEO at the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum (SPIEF) earlier this summer.

Transfer of Dutch F-16s to Ukraine imminent – defense minister

Ukraine claims that it needs F-16s to defend against Russian long-range missiles and to challenge Moscow’s air superiority over the frontline.

Moscow has said F-16s will not change the outcome of the conflict, just as other Western weapons provided to Kiev have failed to do.

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