U. S. Senator Richard C. Shelby (R-AL), a member of the Defense Appropriations Subcommittee, today announced committee approval of important funding for Anniston included in the Department of Defense Appropriations Bill for fiscal year 2007. Following today’s action by the committee, this bill will now go to the Senate floor for consideration.
Senator Shelby said, “The committee approved funding for these important defense-related programs that will help to strengthen our national security. These programs are critical to the stability of our nation's military infrastructure and readiness, and today's approval demonstrates our commitment to ensuring the safety of our citizens. In total, this bill provides $453.5 billion for defense-related needs, including $50 billion for contingency operations related to the Global War on Terror (GWOT).”
• $365.899 million for M1 Abrams Tank Modifications
• $171.097 million for 23 M1A2 System Enhancement Packages (SEP)
• $50 million for Abrams M1A2 SEP vehicle combat losses
ABRAMS TANK – GWOT Funding
• $265 million for Abrams Integrated Management Program (AIM)
• $225 million for M1A2 System Enhancement Packages (SEP), including combat losses and Tank Urban Survival Kit (TUSK)
“The M1 Abrams Tank is vital to the operations in Iraq and Afghanistan,” said Senator Shelby. “These funds will ensure that the Abrams continues to be the most lethal ground combat system in existence anywhere 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 ROCKETS -- $136.670 million
“Hydra 70 rockets, which are produced in the Anniston area, give Army aviators a critical strike capability,” said Senator Shelby. “The combat proven Hydra 70 is crucial in the accomplishment of suppression missions in both Afghanistan and Iraq.”
These funds will be used for the procurement of additional Hydra 70 Rockets.
• $795.978 million for the procurement of 100 new Strykers
• $41.5 million for the replacement of Stryker vehicle losses
• $25 million for Stryker vehicle armor
STRYKER – GWOT Funding
• $41.5 million for Stryker battle losses
“Anniston Army Depot plays a significant role in the Stryker vehicles program, building, maintaining, and upgrading the Stryker vehicle fleet,” said Senator 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.”
MODIFICATION OF TRACKED COMBAT VEHICLES (CARRIER MODS)
• $22.969 million
CARRIER MODS – GWOT Funding
• $52.68 million
“The M113 Armored Personnel Carrier will be used by the Army for the next 50 years. This program will upgrade the vehicles to provide them with survivability commensurate with their combat missions and ensure they can continue to adequately support the Army’s combat brigade teams.” Carrier Mod work is performed at the Anniston Army Depot.