Jul 20 2004

SHELBY ANNOUNCES DEFENSE FUNDING FOR SOUTH ALABAMA

Conference Committee Approves FY 05 Defense Appropriations Bill

U. S. Sen. Richard C. Shelby (R-Ala.), a member of the Senate Defense Appropriations Subcommittee, announced Conference Committee approval of funding for South Alabama projects included in the Department of Defense Appropriations Bill for Fiscal Year 2005. The conference report will now go to the full Senate and full House for a vote.

Sen. Shelby said, "I am very pleased that the conference committee 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 conference committee approved $121 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 conference committee approved $108 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 conference committee approved $117.4 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."

NLOS-LS

Sen. Shelby said, “I am pleased that the conference committee approved $58.2 million for the Non-Line of Sight Launch System. The Loitering Attack Missile will be produced at the Lockheed Martin facility in Troy.”

JOINT AIR-TO-SURFACE STANDOFF MISSILE (JASSM)

Sen. Shelby said, "The conference committee approved $140 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 conference committee approved $457 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."

ARMY HELICOPTERS

Sen. Shelby said, "The conference committee 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.

     

  • $343 million for procurement of UH-60 Blackhawks.

     

  • $149 million for the UH-60 modification and product improvement programs.

     

  • $23 million for procurement of the Light Utility Helicopter.

     

  • $848 million for modification of the CH-47 Chinook Helicopter.

     

  • $134 million for procurement of TUAVs.

     

    • $12.8 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.