South Asia and Beyond

U.S. To Spend More On Troops, N-Forces

The U.S. proposes to spend $272 billion on defence for the 2022 fiscal, which includes higher pay for troops and more spending on the nuclear arsenal. So nearly $3 billion will be diverted away from modernising older equipment and that could be achieved by retiring four Littoral Combat Ships, 42 A-10 ground attack aircraft and 28 mid-air refueller aircraft.

The focus will be on buying 85 F-35 jets, spending more on the Space Force and on testing and developing hypersonic weapons. More than $5 billion will be spent on the Pacific Deterrence Initiative (set up with China in mind) which will range from sophisticated new radars to missiles and satellites.

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The biggest gainer will be the nuclear forces, with the Biden administration proposing to spend nearly $28 billion in modernising land-launched nuclear missiles and ballistic missile submarines and aircraft.