Sep 09 2009

Shelby Announces Defense Funding for Central and East Alabama

U.S. Senator Richard Shelby (R-Ala.), a member of the Defense Appropriations Subcommittee, today announced subcommittee approval of important funding for Central and East Alabama included in the Department of Defense Appropriations Bill for fiscal year 2010. Following today’s action by the subcommittee, this bill will go to the 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.”

Stryker - $364.2 Million
The bill includes $364.2 million for the procurement of new Strykers.

“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.” 

M1 Abrams Tank - $183.8 Million
“Our bill includes $183.8 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 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.”

Hydra 70 Rocket - $99.9 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 to the accomplishment of suppression missions in both Afghanistan and Iraq.” 

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

Anniston Chemical Agent Disposal Facility
The chemical agent stockpile located at Anniston Army Depot consists of blister and nerve agent in several munitions configurations.   Disposal operations at the facility began in August 2003 and are now over 50 percent complete.  As operations continue to progress toward completion, it is important to ensure proper planning is taking place for the closure and potential reuse of the Anniston Chemical Agent Disposal Facility.  Language is included in the bill requesting a study to examine reuse alternatives for the facilities. 

Enhanced Military Vehicle Maintenance System Demonstration Project - $2.8 Million
This program identifies difficult to detect vehicle problems.  It monitors conditions to ensure that the vehicle is restored to an excellent state prior to return to service. This technology can be modified for various military vehicles to detect problems not typically reported using other systems.  Funding for this project helps detect vehicle maintenance problems before they happen.

Ultrasonic Impact Technology - $2 Million
Both the Department of Defense and the Army have requirements for technologies that reduce sustainment costs for weapons systems.  The utilization of ultrasonic impact technology enables repair of aviation components in forward deployed locations.  This request will provide resources to improve reliability and availability of aircraft, reduce repair time, and reduce costs of aviation assets.