US House Proposed 2022 Defense Bill Includes $275Mln for Ukraine Security Aid - Summary

© REUTERS / HOUSE TVRep. Diana Degette, member presiding over the U.S. House of Representatives, pounds the gavel to open the session to discuss rules ahead a vote on two articles of impeachment against U.S. President Donald Trump on Capitol Hill in Washington, U.S., in a still image from video December 18, 2019. House TV via REUTERS. THIS IMAGE HAS BEEN SUPPLIED BY A THIRD PARTY.
Rep. Diana Degette, member presiding over the U.S. House of Representatives, pounds the gavel to open the session to discuss rules ahead a vote on two articles of impeachment against U.S. President Donald Trump on Capitol Hill in Washington, U.S., in a still image from video December 18, 2019.   House TV via REUTERS.  THIS IMAGE HAS BEEN SUPPLIED BY A THIRD PARTY. - Sputnik International, 1920, 30.08.2021
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WASHINGTON, (Sputnik) - US House Armed Services Committee Chairman Adam Smith on Monday released a summary of his 2022 defense bill proposal that includes $275 for security assistance to Ukraine and $175 million for an initiative to ensure Baltic security.
"Includes $275 million for the Ukraine Security Assistance Initiative (USAI), which provides support and assistance to the Ukrainian Armed Forces, an increase of $25 million above the budget request," the summary said. "Includes $175 million for the Baltic Security Initiative (BSI)."
Members of US 10th Army Air and Missile Defense Command stands next to a Patriot surface-to-air missile battery during the NATO multinational ground based air defence units exercise Tobruq Legacy 2017 at the Siauliai airbase. (File) - Sputnik International, 1920, 11.08.2021
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The bill would fund additional research and development for laser technology for ballistic and hypersonic defense capabilities, the summary said.
The draft copy of the bill shows nearly $400 million to support research and development of hypersonic missiles.
The legislation would support the procurement of 75 F-35, 12 F-15EX, and 12 F-18 fighter jets for the US military, the summary said.
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