Sep 10 2008

Shelby Announces Defense Funding for Anniston

U.S. Senator Richard Shelby (R-Ala.), a member of the Defense Appropriations Subcommittee, today announced subcommittee approval of important funding for Anniston included in the Department of Defense Appropriations Bill for fiscal year 2009. Following today’s action by the subcommittee, this bill will go to full committee for consideration.

“The funding approved by the subcommittee will support important defense-related programs that strengthen our national security,” said Shelby.  “These programs are critical to the stability of our nation’s military infrastructure and readiness and the subcommittee’s approval demonstrates our commitment to ensuring the safety of our citizens and the strength of our military.”

M1 Abrams Tank - $692.6 million
“Our bill includes $692.6 million for refurbishment of the M1 Abrams Tank,” said Shelby.  “The Abrams Tank is vital to operations in Iraq and Afghanistan.  These funds will ensure that the Abrams continues to be the most lethal ground combat system in existence anywhere and that our troops have the necessary protection and critical survivability capabilities essential to our current military operations.  The Abrams Tank is the backbone of our heavy forces and has been at the core of the work done at the Anniston Army Depot for many years.”

Stryker - $869 million
“Anniston Army Depot plays a significant role in the Stryker vehicle program by building, maintaining and upgrading the Stryker vehicle fleet,” said Shelby.  “Stryker production is a vital part of the Army's transformation effort and illustrates one of the many ways Anniston is helping to lead the Army into the future.  The bill includes $869 million for the procurement of 119 new Strykers.”

Hydra 70 Rocket - $142.5 million
“Hydra 70 rockets, which are produced in the Anniston area, give military aviators critical strike capability,” said Shelby.  “The combat proven Hydra 70 is crucial in the accomplishment of suppression missions in both Afghanistan and Iraq.” 

These funds will be used for the procurement of additional Hydra 70 Rockets.

Enhanced Military Vehicle Maintenance System Demonstration Project with Anniston Army Depot and Auburn University - $2 million
“The Enhanced Military Vehicle Maintenance System identifies difficult to detect failure modes that must be serviced during vehicle maintenance,” said Shelby.  “This system will increase military vehicle availability while reducing costs by detecting problems early, ensuring that they have been addressed during the maintenance process and confirming the vehicle status before returning to service.”