Jul 20 2004
Conference Committee Approves FY 05 Defense Appropriations Bill
Sen. Shelby said, "I am very pleased that the committee approved funding for these important Huntsville defense-related programs. They are critical to the stability of our nation's military infrastructure and readiness. Today's passage demonstrates our commitment to national security."
BALLISTIC MISSILE DEFENSE - GROUND-BASED MIDCOURSE SEGMENT
Senator Shelby said, "I am pleased the conference committee has approved $4.63 billion for midcourse defense segment programs. This funding is critical to support completion of the initial defensive operations with the fielding of the ballistic missile defense system testbed and to continue robust developmental and testing functions."
PATRIOT PAC-3 - MEADS
Senator Shelby said, "Our bill includes $328.5 million for research and development initiatives associated with PAC-3/MEADS. The conference committee has also approved $489 million to procure PAC-3 missiles. This system will provide a critical force protection element on the battlefield."
BALLISTIC MISSILE DEFENSE - TERMINAL DEFENSE SEGMENT
Senator Shelby said, "I am pleased the conference committee has approved $944 million for continued development of the Theater High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD), including an increase of $68 million for the Arrow Missile Defense programs. These programs are performing well and will provide our troops and international partners with defensive capability against long range missile threats."
ARMY AVIATION COLLABORATIVE ENGINEERING AND INTEGRATION TESTBED
Senator Shelby said, "This testbed will support the Army's efforts to capitalize on Comanche technologies to ensure that Army aviation remains at the forefront of technological advancement."
In summary, the bill directs the Army to develop a framework to establish an Aviation Collaborative Engineering and Integration Testbed with the goal of providing a critical link between the government-managed Aviation Research Development and Engineering Center (RDEC) at Redstone Arsenal and the Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) technical experts. This will provide a much-needed environment in which to evaluate the transfer of Comanche-developed components and other advanced technologies to Army aviation systems in direct support of emerging and future war fighter needs.
MOBILE TACTICAL HIGH-ENERGY LASER
Senator Shelby said, "I am pleased the conference committee has approved $10.5 million for the Mobile Tactical High-Energy Laser. This program is being developed at Space and Missile Defense Command's Technical Center and will provide our armed forces with a defensive capability against tactical missile threats."
HYPERSONIC MISSILE TECHNOLOGY CENTER
Senator Shelby said, "Our bill includes $15 million for the Army's Hypersonic Missile Technology (HMT) program. This center, housed within Space and Missile Defense Command Advanced Research Center (SMDC ARC), provides one of the most powerful computational tools in the world for ongoing research associated with hypersonic technologies. This facility will soon become the most unique and most powerful computational resource for modeling and simulations available to any government or civilian missile experts in the world."