Aug 01 2002

SHELBY ANNOUNCES DEFENSE FUNDING FOR MONTGOMERY AND SOUTHEAST ALABAMA

U. S. Sen. Richard C. Shelby (R-Ala.) announced today that the Senate has approved funding for the Department of Defense Appropriations Bill for Fiscal Year 2003 and funding for Montgomery and Southeast Alabama.

Sen. Shelby said, "I am very pleased that the Senate approved funding for these important defense programs. They are critical to the stability of our nation's military infrastructure and readiness. Today's approval demonstrates our commitment to national security."

JAVELIN MISSILES
Sen. Shelby said, "The Senate appropriated $252 million to procure Javelin missiles in fiscal year 2003 and $3 million for research, development, test and evaluation. Javelin missiles give our ground forces a critical capability and are produced at the Lockheed Martin facility in Troy."

LONGBOW HELLFIRE
Sen. Shelby said, "The Senate also included $194 million for the procurement of Longbow Hellfire missiles. These missiles help to maintain our Army and Air Force aviators as the most effective warriors in the sky and are also produced at the Lockheed Martin facility in Troy."

JOINT AIR-TO-SURFACE STANDOFF MISSILE (JASSM)
Sen. Shelby said, "The Senate included $54.2 million for procurement and $72 million for research, development, test and evaluation for the Joint Air-to-Surface Standoff Missile (JASSM). This precision air-to-ground missile will be used for the Air Force and Navy to destroy high-value, well-defended targets. It is being produced at the Lockheed Martin facility in Troy."

AH-64D APACHE LONGBOW
Sen. Shelby said, "The Senate included $159.6 million for modification of the Apache Longbow helicopters. This helicopter is vital to the Army and Wiregrass area."

TH-67 TRAINING HELICOPTERS
Sen. Shelby said, "The Senate included $9.6 million for procurement of 6 TH-67 training helicopters. These helicopters will be used at Fort Rucker to train our next generation of Army aviators."

UH-60 BLACKHAWKS
Sen. Shelby said, "The Senate included $249.6 million for procurement of UH-60 Blackhawks. The helicopter is vital to the Army and Wiregrass area."

AVIATION INSTITUTIONAL TRAINING SIMULATOR PROGRAM
Sen. Shelby said, "The Senate included $10 million for the Aviation Institutional Training Simulator Program. This program will provide the necessary simulators and related infrastructure to support the initial phase of the Army Warfighting Simulation Center to support Flight School XXI at Fort Rucker, Alabama."