Jul 09 2003

SHELBY ANNOUNCES DEFENSE FUNDING FOR SOUTH ALABAMA

WASHINGTON, DC --- U. S. Sen. Richard C. Shelby (R-Ala.), a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, announced today committee approval of the Department of Defense Appropriations Bill for Fiscal Year 2004 and funding for South Alabama defense programs.

Sen. Shelby said, "I am very pleased that the 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 $133.1 million to procure Javelin missiles in fiscal year 2004. Javelin missiles give our ground forces a critical tactical fire capability and are produced at the Lockheed Martin facility in Troy."

LONGBOW HELLFIRE
Sen. Shelby said, "The committee also approved $35.1 million for the procurement of Hellfire missiles. These missiles help to ensure our Army and Air Force aviators as the best equipped warriors in the sky and are produced at the Lockheed Martin facility in Troy."

AH-64D APACHE LONGBOW
Sen. Shelby said, "The committee approved $64.1 million for modification of the AH-64 Apache helicopter. The committee also approved $752.5 million for procurement of Apache Longbow attack helicopters. This helicopter is vital to the Army and Wiregrass area."

UH-60 BLACKHAWKS
Sen. Shelby said, "The committee approved $187.6 million for procurement of UH-60 Blackhawks. The committee also approved $136.5 million for the UH-60M modification and product improvement programs. The helicopter is vital to the Army and Wiregrass area."

JOINT AIR-TO-SURFACE STANDOFF MISSILE (JASSM)
Sen. Shelby said, "The committee approved $38.5 million for procurement of the Joint Air-to-Surface Standoff Missile (JASSM), a reduction in funding of $64 million. This was a difficult year in terms of the allocation for defense, but I am particularly concerned with this decision to cut JASSM funding. This cut brings major contract issues into play which will not serve the Air Force well. This precision air-to-ground missile is desperately needed by the Air Force and Navy to destroy high-value, well-defended targets. I plan to do what I can to make sure this funding is restored in this bill or a future funding bill."

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