Jul 18 2002
U. S. Sen. Richard C. Shelby (R-Ala.) announced today that the Senate Appropriations Committee has approved funding for the Department of Defense Appropriations Bill for Fiscal Year 2003 and funding for Huntsville's defense programs.
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 approval demonstrates our commitment to national security."
BALLISTIC MISSILE DEFENSE
Senator Shelby said, "I am pleased the committee has provided $6.1 billion for ballistic missile defense activities as well as an additional $814 million for missile defense and/or counter-terrorism programs. Missile Defense spending for Midcourse defense programs could total $3.146 billion. This funding is critical to support the effort to test and field a national missile defense system."
Senator Shelby said, "I am pleased the committee has included $471.7 million for procurement of PAC-3 missiles as well as $150.8 million for ongoing research, development, testing and evaluation funding in support of the Patriot PAC-3 missile defense system. This system will provide a critical force protection element on the battlefield. It is very important to our soldiers on the battlefield and to many of my constituents in Alabama."
THEATER HIGH-ALTITUDE AREA DEFENSE SYSTEM (THAAD)
Senator Shelby said, "This bill includes $892.2 million for the THAAD system and funding for THAAD could total as much as $912.2 million. It is very important that the committee continue to support this critical program, and I am very pleased we have acted to increase funding for the THAAD program."
Senator Shelby said, "This bill provides $910 million for continuing development of the Comanche helicopter. This is a revolutionary airframe that, once fielded, will give our Army Aviators a wider array of tools and military options than they have ever had before. The Comanche helicopter is critical to the Army's Transformation effort and important to many of my constituents in Alabama."
ADVANCED RESEARCH CENTER
Senator Shelby said, "I am pleased the committee included $20.4 million for the United States Space and Missile Defense Command Advanced Research Center (SMDC ARC). The ARC is a unique and powerful resource that many government and civilian experts use to do vital theater and national missile defense modeling and simulations. The ARC is instrumental to the success of our missile defense modeling and simulations programs.