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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: December 19, 2005

Schumer, Clinton: Congressional Panel Backs $14.4 Million For Defense Projects To Benefit Central New York

Schumer, Clinton: Defense Projects are Vitally Important for the New York Economy and National Security

Washington, DC – U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Hillary Rodham Clinton today announced that the joint House and Senate Conference Committee approved $14.4 million in the FY06 Department of Defense Appropriations Bill for defense projects to benefit Central New York, including $2.6 million for Rome Labs for their Cyber Situational Awareness and Enable Network Centric Warfare projects; $5 million for Syracuse Research’s Lightweight Counter Mortar Radar Enhancement system; $1 million for Cortland Cable’s Synthetic Material Arresting Gear Cable; $1.8 million for Sensis Corporation’s Ground/Air Task Oriented Radar (G/ATOR); $3 million for Lockheed Martin Syracuse’s TPS-59/HELRASR Support for US Ballistic Missile Defense Systems and $1 million for Welch Allyn’s Thunderbolt project. The House has approved the bill and it must now get Senate approval before being sent to the President and signed into law.

"This is great news for Central New York," said Schumer. "Additional funds will not only boost the area economy, but also put the Central New York and New York State at the forefront of defense technology. As the men and women of our military bravely serve our country all over the world, the funding for these Central New York defense projects will vastly improve national security technology and will give our armed forces an even greater edge."

"Central New York has already proven to the world its leadership in cutting-edge defense research and technology," Senator Clinton said. "This new funding will help protect our troops, both at home and abroad, and is an important investment in our local companies and the communities they support." $5 million of the federal funding will go to the Syracuse Research Corporation for the development of Lightweight Counter Mortar Radar-Enhancement (LCMR). The funding will create new opportunities to improve and enhance national security. The radar, developed for the Special Operations Command (SOCOM) and currently in theater, provides the capability to automatically locate mortar-firing positions by detecting and tracking the mortar shell, then backtracking to the weapon position. Accordingly, this technology will allow soldiers in combat to more effectively take cover from mortar fire, locate its origin, and respond. LCMR systems have already been deployed in Iraq and Afghanistan. Funding in this legislation would upgrade these systems. SRC received $2.5 million of federal funding for the LCMR in FY 05.

$2.5 million of the federal funding will go to Rome Air Force Research Laboratory. $1 million will go to AFRL’s Cyber Situational Awareness technology project and $1.6 million to the Enable Network Centric Warfare project. The funding for the Cyber Situational Awareness will be used in developing Cyber Course-of-Action Tools, which deal with determining appropriate fine-grain, automated defensive responses to adversary information warfare attacks and developing sensor fusion, which is concerned with fusing the information collected by sensors in order to create a consistent, comprehensive picture of what is occurring at all levels of a military operation.

Federal funding for Enable Network Centric Warfare would support efforts to develop, integrate, and demonstrate enhanced airborne networking capabilities in support of Network Centric operations. Funding will be used to accelerate the evolution of airborne networking technologies, providing both an immediate improvement to current warfighting capabilities, as well as forming the basis for enabling future airborne network centric capabilities. $1 million in federal funding will also go to Cortland Cable for the development of Synthetic Material Arresting Cable, and is anticipated to have a positive employment impact. The funding supported under this request will continue previously funded efforts to investigate the use of lightweight, synthetic materials and novel cable construction to replace the steel cables that recover aircraft aboard U.S. Navy Aircraft Carriers. Synthetic cables could improve the factor of safety of the entire system by 60%. Because the strength-to-weight of synthetic materials is 4-5 times better than steel, system inertia is significantly reduced, enabling the arresting gear to apply breaking force much earlier. The use of synthetic cable also possesses a potential weight savings of 62 tons per carrier and increase arresting gear performance by 25%. Cortland Cable received $1 million in FY 05.

$1.8 million in federal funding will go to Sensis Corporation Ground/Air Task Oriented Radar (G/ATOR) Engineering Development Model. The G/ATOR program is a single material solution for the Multi-Role Radar System (MRRS) and Ground Weapons Locator Radar (GWLR) requirements. G/ATOR replaces and consolidates the capability of numerous legacy radars, including the AN/TPS-63 air surveillance, AN/MPQ-62 force control, AN/TPS-73 air traffic control and AN/UPS-3 air defense radar systems. Funding under this request will be used in the development of the G/ATOR prototype. Current radar performance does not meet operational forces requirements. Failure to support this initiative delays seizing the moment in taking advantage of technological breakthroughs. The lapse jeopardizes operational forces from having the technological advantage in detecting, identifying, and classifying threats on the battlefield. The consequences could potentially allow opposing forces to gain air and ground superiority in future operational areas.

$3 million in federal funding will go to Lockheed Martin MS2-Radar Systems for TPS-59/HELRASR Support for US Ballistic Missile Defense System. This funding will be used for systems engineering analysis, modifications, and test and evaluation of the TPS-59 against long-range ballistic missiles including any opportunities to integrate the TPS-59 into MDA Integrated Flight Tests in 2006. The US Marine Corps TPS-59 is a 360-degree, tactically mobile, L-band air and missile defense radar. The TPS-59 was upgraded by MDA (then BMDO) in the 1990’s to detect and track ballistic missiles and provide cues to missile defense weapon systems such as Patriot and AEGIS. The TPS-59 has successfully demonstrated it capabilities against various short-range ballistic missiles and cruise missiles, including successful intercepts of these targets. The USMC is defining an upgrade of the TPS-59 antenna to reduce weight and increase mobility of the system under the HELRASR program. The HELRASR program currently has three years of design and development, driven largely by the funding profile. This effort would help bridge the requirements gap between the MDA and the USMC, greatly leveraging the production-line startup of the TPS-59 and the engineering and development of HELRASR.

$1 million in federal funding will go to Welch Allyn for the Thunderbolt project. The federal funds obtained for this project will allow Welch Allyn to further develop critical advancements to its current technology for the Propaq monitor, a compact, lightweight, full-featured patient monitor with defibrillator which enables military caregivers to provide intensive care monitoring and treatment in locations and situations inhibited by the size and weight of the current technology in the field. The combined military services currently purchase over $20 million of these types of units without the advances that this funding will support.

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