Sep 25 2003

SHELBY ANNOUNCES DEFENSE FUNDING FOR ANNISTON

U. S. Sen. Richard C. Shelby (R-Ala.) announced today that the Senate has approved funding for the Department of Defense Appropriations Bill for Fiscal Year 2004 and funding for Anniston defense programs. The bill will now be sent to President Bush to be signed into law.

Sen. Shelby said, "I am very pleased that the Senate 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, "This bill approves $17 million for M113 Carrier and track production. 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, "This bill provides a total of $155 million for M1A2 SEP Abrams upgrades and $117.1 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. The President’s emergency supplemental request before Congress for Fiscal Year 2004 includes $2.8 billion for Depot maintenance. Of these funds, $1.27 billion are specifically designated for the Army. Anniston will be an integral part of this major maintenance and repair effort."

HYDRA 70 ROCKETS Senator Shelby said, "This bill approves $41.9 million for procurement of Hydra 70 Rockets. This weapon gives Army aviators a critical strike capability. The rockets are produced in the Anniston area."

STRYKER Senator Shelby said, "This bill approves $990 million for procurement of the Stryker family of vehicles. Anniston Army Depot plays a significant role in this program. 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."

ANNISTON MISSILE RECYCLING CENTER Senator Shelby said, “This bill includes $2.1 million for research and development and $5 million for procurement of missile recycling center technology that will reside at the Anniston Army Depot Missile Recycling Center. This program will provide the Army with a badly needed and environmentally friendly alternative to current missile demilitarization processes. Anniston, using the technology developed at the Redstone Arsenal Aviation and Missile Research, Development and Engineering Center (RDEC) is leading the way in this important area.”