Feb 23 2004

SHELBY COMMENTS ON DOD ANNOUNCEMENT TO TERMINATE COMANCHE HELICOPTER PROGRAM

U. S. Sen. Richard C. Shelby (R-Ala.) today commented on the announcement by the Department of Defense to terminate the Comanche helicopter program.

“While the Department of Defense announced today that it plans to cancel the Comanche helicopter program, I expect all available and projected Comanche funding will not only stay in Army accounts but will remain in Army Aviation accounts. I will reserve judgment concerning this announcement until I have had the opportunity to discuss this decision in detail with Army leadership and fully assess the impacts. I believe the Department must justify this move and present a credible aviation plan that will meet future mission requirements,” Sen. Shelby said.