Sep 26 2006

CONFERENCE COMMITTEE APPROVAL OF DEFENSE FUNDING FOR ANNISTON

U.S. Senator Richard C. Shelby (R-AL), a member of the Defense Appropriations Subcommittee, today announced conference committee approval of the Department of Defense Appropriations bill for fiscal year 2007.  The legislation includes a number of projects for Anniston.  The bill will soon be voted on in the House. The Senate will consider the bill following House approval, after which it will be sent to the President’s desk for his signature.

“The funding approved by the conference committee will support important defense-related programs in order to strengthen our national security,” said Senator Shelby.  “These programs are critical to the stability of our nation’s military infrastructure and readiness, and the conference committee approval demonstrates our commitment to ensuring the safety of our citizens and the strength of our military.  In total, this bill provides $436.6 billion for defense-related needs, including $70 billion for contingency operations related to the Global War on Terror (GWOT).”

ABRAMS TANK - $1.46 billion

“Our bill includes $188.499 million for the M1 Abrams Tank,” said Senator Shelby said.  “The M1 Abrams Tank is vital to the operations in Iraq and Afghanistan.  These funds will ensure that the Abrams continues to be the most lethal ground combat system in existence anywhere and that our troops have the necessary protection and critical survivability capabilities essential to our current military operations.   The Abrams Tank 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.”

In addition to the funding included within the FY07 Defense Appropriations bill, over $1.2 billion was included for the M1 Abrams Tank in the Global War on Terror contingency operations funds. 

·         $574 million for M1 Abrams Integrated Management Program, including Tank Urban Survival Kit (TUSK) and Improvised Explosive Device (IED) protection

·         $700 million for M1 Abrams System Enhancement Packages (SEP)

STRYKER - $798.578 million

“Anniston Army Depot plays a significant role in the Stryker vehicles program, building, maintaining, and upgrading the Stryker vehicle fleet,” said Senator Shelby.  “Stryker production is a vital part of the Army's transformation effort, and illustrates one of the many ways Anniston is helping to lead the Army into the future.  The bill includes $798.578 million for the procurement of 100 new Strykers.”

Additionally, the Global War on Terror supplemental funding includes $82.1 million for the replacement of Stryker vehicle battle losses and $25 million for Stryker vehicle armor.

MODIFICATION OF TRACKED COMBAT VEHICLES (CARRIER MODS) - $155.169 million

“The DoD bill includes $22.969 million for Carrier Mods, in addition to $132.2 million in contingency funding made available for the Global War on Terror,” said Senator Shelby.  “The M113 Armored Personnel Carrier will be used by the Army for the next 50 years.  This program will upgrade the vehicles to provide them with survivability commensurate with their combat missions and ensure they can continue to adequately support the Army’s combat brigade teams.” 

Carrier Mod work is performed at the Anniston Army Depot.

HYDRA 70 ROCKETS -- $136.67 million

“Hydra 70 rockets, which are produced in the Anniston area, give military aviators critical strike capability,” said Senator Shelby.  “The combat proven Hydra 70 is crucial in the accomplishment of suppression missions in both Afghanistan and Iraq.” 

These funds will be used for the procurement of additional Hydra 70 Rockets.