May 04 2017

Shelby Announces Critical Defense Funding

WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Senator Richard Shelby (R-Ala.), a senior member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, today announced final passage of the Fiscal Year 2017 Department of Defense Appropriations bill, which contains critical funding for programs important to Troy, Alabama. Following today’s action by the Senate, the bill will go to the President’s desk for his signature.

“This bill strengthens our nation’s security with an increase in defense spending,” said Senator Shelby. “Supporting top defense priorities, including Alabama’s national defense capabilities, demonstrates that we are committed to our military. I’m pleased that our state will continue to play a leading role in serving our Armed Forces. With growing instability around the world, we must provide our military the means necessary to protect our nation.”

This year’s Department of Defense Appropriations bill, including amounts in the Overseas Contingency Operations account, provides funding for the following missiles that are currently produced in Troy, Alabama, and that are critical to national security:

  • Javelin Missile Program: $269 million 
  • Joint Air to Ground Missile (JAGM): $121 million (includes funds for advanced procurement)
  • HELLFIRE Missile Program: $454 million (all variants)
  • Joint Air to Surface Standoff Missile (JASSM): $432 million 
  • Long Range Anti-Ship Missile LRASM: $30 million
  • Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD): $567 million

Additionally, $301 million was provided for the development of the Long Range Anti-Ship Missile (LRASM) Program.