Jun 22 2004

SHELBY ANNOUNCES DEFENSE FUNDING FOR ANNISTON

Defense Appropriations Bill Passes Subcommittee

U. S. Sen. Richard C. Shelby (R-Ala.), a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, announced funding for Anniston area projects included in the Department of Defense Appropriations Bill for Fiscal Year 2005. The bill passed the Defense Appropriations Subcommittee and is expected to pass the full Appropriations Committee later today.

Sen. Shelby said, "I am very pleased that the subcommittee approved funding for these important Anniston 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."

M113 FOV UPGRADE PROGRAM

Senator Shelby said, "I am pleased the subcommittee approved $15 million for M113 Carrier modifications. This tracked vehicle continues to be one of the workhorses of the U.S. Army. Even as the Army transforms, this program is a priority for me and for my constituents. The work will be completed in the Anniston area."

M1 ABRAMS TANK

Senator Shelby said, "Our bill includes a total of $292 million for MIA2 SEP Abrams Upgrade and $117 million for M1 Abrams Tank Mods. The M1 Abrams tank has been and continues to be the most lethal ground combat system in existence anywhere. It 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. This funding represents our commitment to recapitalization and modernization of our legacy forces."

HYDRA 70 ROCKETS

Senator Shelby said, "This bill approves $165 million for procurement of Hydra 70 Rockets. This weapon gives Army aviators a critical strike capability, and is produced in the Anniston area."

STRYKER

Senator Shelby said, "This bill approves $905 million for procurement of the Stryker family of vehicles. Anniston Army Depot plays a significant role in this program, and Stryker production in Anniston continues to gain momentum. This program is a critical part of the Army's Transformation effort, and I am pleased that Anniston is helping to lead the Army into the future."

MISSILE RECYCLING CENTER - ANNISTON MUNITIONS CENTER

Senator Shelby said, "Our bill includes $3 million to implement the AMRDEC-developed Missile Recycling Capabilities (MRC) technology modules to complete the organic ANMC MRC. This bill also includes $2 million for the development of Army MRC technology modules for the 6.3 series (MLRS) of tactical missiles.

M113A2/A3 ARMORING INITIATIVE

Senator Shelby said, “I am pleased the subcommittee has included $865 million for the Rapid Response Force Protection Initiative as part of the $25 billion in supplemental funding for Iraq and Afghanistan. Included in this initiative is funding for the Army to procure armor to improve M113 protection in the Iraq theater.”

Following full Appropriations Committee passage later today, the Department of Defense Appropriations Bill for Fiscal Year 2005 will head to the Senate floor for consideration.