Jun 22 2004

SHELBY ANNOUNCES DEFENSE FUNDING FOR SOUTH ALABAMA

Defense Appropriations Bill Passes Subcommittee

U. S. Sen. Richard C. Shelby (R-Ala.), a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, announced funding for South Alabama 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 defense programs. They are critical to the stability of our nation's military infrastructure and readiness. Today's passage demonstrates our commitment to national security."

JAVELIN MISSILES

Sen. Shelby said, "The subcommittee approved $125.8 million to procure Javelin missiles in fiscal year 2005. Javelin missiles give our ground forces a critical tactical fire capability and are produced at the Lockheed Martin facility in Troy."

HELLFIRE MISSILE

Sen. Shelby said, "I am pleased the subcommittee approved $128.5 million for the procurement of Hellfire missiles. These missiles help to ensure our Army and Air Force aviators are the best equipped warriors in the sky and are produced at the Lockheed Martin facility in Troy."

JOINT COMMON MISSILE

Sen. Shelby said, "The subcommittee approved $152.4 million for development of the Joint Common Missile. This missile will give rotary, fixed-wing and future combat systems (FCS) a tremendous fire-and-forget, precision strike capability. This joint system will be produced in at the Lockheed Martin facility in Troy."

ARMY HELICOPTERS

Sen. Shelby said, "The subcommittee has approved funding for a number of helicopter systems that are vital to the Army, the mission at Fort Rucker and Wiregrass area." The following outlines the action taken by the committee:

 

  • $654 million for modification of Apache Longbow attack helicopters.
  • $280 million for procurement of UH-60 Blackhawks.
  • $147 million for the UH-60 modification and product improvement programs.
  • $45 million for procurement of the Light Utility Helicopter.
  • $683 million for modification of the CH-47 Chinook Helicopter.
  • $149 million for procurement of TUAVs.

     

    • $25.6 million for additional Shadow TUAVs.

       

    • $11 million for procurement of Predator UAV.

       

    • $5 million for procurement of Hunter UAV.

     

  • $13.1 million for procurement of TH-67 training helicopters.


JOINT AIR-TO-SURFACE STANDOFF MISSILE (JASSM)

Sen. Shelby said, "The subcommittee approved $148 million for procurement of the Joint Air-to-Surface Standoff Missile (JASSM). This missile system is produced at the Lockheed Martin facility in Troy."

LITTORAL COMBAT SHIP

Sen. Shelby said, "The subcommittee approved $352.1 million for continued development of the Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) program. The LCS represents an important capability for the Navy and will give our naval forces a new, transformational system with the ability to network manned and unmanned air and sea assets from the single ship configuration up to participation in a Carrier Battle Group. Additionally, the LCS provides the Navy the maneuverability to operate anywhere."

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.