Sep 25 2003

SHELBY ANNOUNCES DEFENSE FUNDING FOR SOUTH ALABAMA

U. S. Sen. Richard C. Shelby (R-Ala.), a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, announced today Senate approval of the Department of Defense Appropriations Bill for Fiscal Year 2004 and funding for South Alabama defense programs. The bill will now be sent to President Bush to be signed into law.

Sen. Shelby said, "I am very pleased that we have 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 Senate 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 Senate 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 Senate approved $65.5 million for modification of the AH-64 Apache helicopter. The Senate also approved $754.7 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 Senate approved $228.5 million for procurement of UH-60 Blackhawks. The Senate also approved $37.6 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 Senate approved $85 million for procurement of the Joint Air-to-Surface Standoff Missile (JASSM). This precision air-to-ground missile is desperately needed by the Air Force and Navy to destroy high-value, well-defended targets. This is a major program for the Lockheed Martin facility in Troy.”