Oct 10 2002

SHELBY ANNOUNCES DEFENSE FUNDING FOR MONTGOMERY AND SOUTHEAST ALABAMA

U. S. Sen. Richard C. Shelby (R-Ala.), a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, announced today conference committee approval of the Department of Defense Appropriations Bill for Fiscal Year 2003 and funding for Montgomery and Southeast Alabama defense programs.

Sen. Shelby said, "I am very pleased that the conference committee 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 committee approved $224 million to procure Javelin missiles in fiscal year 2003. 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 committee also approved $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 committee approved $54.2 million for procurement and $68.6 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 committee approved $136.9 million for modification of the AH-64 Apache helicopter. The committee also approved $865.8 million for procurement of Apache Longbow attack helicopters. This helicopter is vital to the Army and Wiregrass area."

TH-67 TRAINING HELICOPTERS

Sen. Shelby said, "The committee approved $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 committee approved $269.9 million for procurement of 19 UH-60 Blackhawks. The committee also approved $52.5 million for the UH-60 modification program. The helicopter is vital to the Army and Wiregrass area."

AVIATION INSTITUTIONAL TRAINING SIMULATOR PROGRAM

Sen. Shelby said, "The committee approved $7 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."