Oct 10 2002
U. S. Sen. Richard C. Shelby (R-Ala.), a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, announced today conference committee approval of the Department of Defense Appropriations Bill for Fiscal Year 2003 and funding for Huntsville defense programs.
Sen. Shelby said, "I am very pleased that the conference 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 $7.387 billion for ballistic missile defense activities. Missile Defense spending for Midcourse defense programs totals $3.185 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 approved $471.7 million for procurement of PAC-3 missiles as well as $180.8 million for on-going 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 approves $912.2 million for the THAAD system. It is very important that Congress 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 approved $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.