Slaughter, Reynolds Join Higgins in Appropriations Request for DRS-EWNS
Washington, DC—Today Representative Brian Higgins (NY-27) was joined by Representatives Louise M. Slaughter (NY-28) and Thomas M. Reynolds (NY-26) in announcing $11 million in federal funding for DRS-EW (Electronic Warfare) Network Systems located in Buffalo, NY. The funding is included in the House Defense Appropriations bill, which must now be voted on by the full House of Representatives.
DRS-EWNS employs over 300 people in Cheektowaga, manufacturing and testing simulators. The company provides high-technology products and services which are used by all branches of the U.S. military, major aerospace and defense prime contractors, government intelligence agencies, international military forces and industrial markets.
Of the $11 million, $8 million is programmed for an Air Force Unmanned Threat Emitter (UMTE) Modernization program located at the Nellis Test and Training Range in Nevada. The remaining $3 million is for a mobile Multi-spectral Threat Emitter Simulator (MTES) program for the US Navy use on East Coast training ranges. Both systems provide critical training for pilots and aircrews against a wide range of combat dangers by simulating Surface-to-Air Missiles and mobile man portable air defense systems commonly known as MANPADS. These systems enable military aviators to recognize the threats and learn defensive maneuvers on training ranges before flying into real and dangerous environments.
“This funding will support the warfighter’s needs across multiple services for realistic training against hostile threats and environments,” said Rep. Higgins. “DRS-EWNS has long been a center of excellence for electronic warfare training equipment, providing critical fixed and mobile simulation systems to all branches of the Department of Defense. I am proud that my district serves as home to this important company, employing hundreds of Western New Yorkers in an industry that is, now more than ever, crucial to our country.”
“This funding means more jobs for the people of Western New York and safer, better prepared troops here at home and abroad,” said Rep. Slaughter. “We should be doing our very best to prepare our young men and women in uniform and that is exactly what this money will do.”
“With the threats military personnel face from surface-to-air missiles and anti-aircraft artillery, training facilities need the capability to generate artillery and missile threat environments that simulate combat conditions,” Rep. Reynolds said. “Thanks to systems like those manufactured at DRS-EWNS here in Buffalo, our military flight crews are and will continue to be the best-trained and best-equipped in the world.”
Rep. Higgins continued, “I thank my colleagues in the Western New York delegation for their support of my request for DRS-EWNS. The war against global terrorism will be fought on many fronts and under many conditions, and I am honored that the greater Buffalo area will continue to play a pivotal role in this fight.”
After this bill is passed by the House, the Senate will consider its version of Defense Appropriations for Fiscal Year 2006. The bill will then be taken up by a House-Senate conference, after which it will be voted on in both chambers before it proceeds to the President for signature.