Dec 08 2001

SEN. SHELBY ANNOUNCES SENATE APPROVAL FOR MONTGOMERY AND SOUTHEAST ALABAMA DEFENSE PROGRAMS

WASHINGTON, DC --- U. S. Sen. Richard C. Shelby (R-Ala.), a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, announced today the Senate's approval of Fiscal Year 2002 funding for Montgomery and Southeast Alabama defense programs.

Sen. Shelby said, "I am very pleased that the Senate approved funding for these important defense programs. They are critical to the stability of our nation's military infrastructure and readiness. Today's approval demonstrates our commitment to national security."

JAVELIN MISSILES

Sen. Shelby said, "The Senate appropriated $415.6 million to procure Javelin missiles for both the Army and Marine Corp in fiscal year 2001. Javelin missiles give our ground forces a critical capability and are produced at the Lockheed Martin facility in Troy."

LONGBOW HELLFIRE

Sen. Shelby said, "The Senate also included $241.8 million for the procurement of Longbow Hellfire missiles. These missiles help to maintain our Army Aviators as the most effective warriors in the sky and are also produced at the Lockheed Martin facility in Troy."

JOINT AIR-TO-SURFACE STANDOFF MISSILE (JASSM)

Sen. Shelby said, "The Senate included $45 million for the Joint Air-to-Surface Standoff Missile (JASSM). This precision air-to-ground missile will be used for the Air Force and Navy to destroy high-value, well-defended targets. It is being produced at the Lockheed Martin facility in Troy."

AH-64D APACHE LONGBOW

Sen. Shelby said, "The Senate included $885.4 million for procurement of the Apache Longbow helicopters. This helicopter is vital to the Army and Wiregrass area."

TH-67 TRAINING HELICOPTERS

Sen. Shelby said, "The Senate included $34.1 million for procurement of 21 TH-67 training helicopters. These helicopters will be used at Fort Rucker to train our next generation of Army aviators."

UH-60 BLACKHAWKS

Sen. Shelby said, "The Senate included $174.5 million for procurement of 12 UH-60 Blackhawks. The helicopter is vital to the Army and Wiregrass area."

KIOWA WARRIOR

Sen. Shelby said, "The Senate included $42.6 million for procurement of Kiowa Warrior Helicopters. This helicopter allows our Army aviators to gather valuable intelligence on the battlefield and to support attack operations. This helicopter is vital to the Army and the Wiregrass area."

CIVIL AIR PATROL SEARCHER’S EDGE

Sen. Shelby said, "The Senate included $9 million for procurement of Searcher’s Edge for the Civil Air Patrol. This product will give our Civil Air Patrol aviators the tools they need to better do their jobs."

CIVIL AIR PATROL AIRCRAFT PROCUREMENT

Sen. Shelby said, "The Senate included $4 million for procurement of Cessna airplanes for the Civil Air Patrol. These funds will be used to purchase new planes that will increase safety of operations and reduce maintenance costs for CAP."



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