US Congressmen Introduce Ukraine Fighter Pilots Act


U.S. Air Force Veterans Congressman Adam Kinzinger (R-IL) and Congresswoman Chrissy Houlahan (D-PA) introduced legislation to train Ukrainian fighter pilots and crews on US military air assets.

This bill would allow the United States to begin training Ukrainian pilots and air crew members on F-15’s, F-16’s, and other air platforms while the Administration continues to consider sending such equipment.

The Representatives remain hopeful that there won’t be a need for further escalation, but they both agree that it’s critical for the Ukrainian military to be trained and familiar with these air platforms should Russia continue their malign campaign against Ukraine’s sovereignty. Regardless of whether the United States and its allies deploy such equipment, this program will strengthen the Ukrainian military and ensure their long-term stability and security.

Having both served in the United States Air Force, Representatives Kinzinger and Houlahan recognize the importance of establishing aerial combat supremacy. Given that public reporting suggests neither the Ukrainians nor the Russians have established air superiority thus far, the United States can help Ukraine change the situation in the air domain, giving Ukrainian forces a decisive advantage in the war.

The full text of the bill can be found attached and on the Congressman’s website here.

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