Dec 21 2005

SHELBY: JCM GOOD FOR ALABAMA, GOOD FOR NATIONAL SECURITY

WASHINGTON, DC -- U.S. Senator Richard C. Shelby (R-AL), a member of the Defense Appropriations Subcommittee, today announced $30 million in funding for the Joint Common Missile (JCM) program. Senator Shelby has been a leader in working to restore the program throughout the year.

Senator Shelby said, “The Joint Common Missile is a critical program for keeping technological superiority in our missile arsenal. The JCM’s termination was ill conceived because it ignored the opinions of our top military leaders and deprives our servicemembers of a new capability that cannot be currently replicated. I am pleased that we were able to restore funding for this vital program, which will bolster our warfighting potential and provide our servicemen and women with a new capability to ward off the unconventional threats of the 21st century.”

The JCM is designed as a next-generation, multi-purpose replacement for Hellfire, Longbow, and Maverick air-to-ground missiles currently used by the Army, Navy, and Marine Corps. The JCM has twice the range of the Hellfire and Longbow and is more versatile in its targeting capabilities and bad weather conditions. There are over 150 jobs associated with the program including manufacturing, government program management, and subcontractors throughout Alabama, and will bring approximately $280,000,000 over time to the Troy area for salary, wages, and other costs.

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