Constituent Services
Higgins Announces $6 Million in Federal Funding for Electronic Warfare Training Simulators to be Made in Western New York
June 21, 2006
Higgins Proud to Join DRS-EWNS in Protecting Air Force and Navy Soldiers

Washington, DC—Today, Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-27) announced that $6 million in federal funding will go to DRS-Electronic Warfare Network Systems (EWNS) located in Buffalo, NY.  Passed last night, the funding was included in the House Defense Appropriations bill for Fiscal Year 2007.
DRS-EWNS, a manufacturer and testing simulator producer, supplies high-technology services and equipment used by all the branches of the United States military, international military forces, industrial markets, major aerospace and defense prime contractors, and government intelligence agencies.  The company employs over 300 people in Cheektowaga.
“This appropriations funding will be duly beneficial,” Congressman Higgins said.  “Not only will the money aid American soldiers in training against a hostile enemy in multiple areas of warfare, but it will also generate tremendous economic opportunities for Western New Yorkers.  With a reputation for electronic warfare excellence and for providing our troops with training equipment and various simulation systems, DRS-EWNS has proven a crucial industry in Western New York and nationwide.”
Congressman Thomas M. Reynolds (NY-26) supported Higgins in making the request. “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, Western New Yorkers are providing cutting edge technology to our troops as well as taking part in the continued development of 21st century jobs right here in Buffalo.”
An Air Force Unmanned Threat Emitter (UMTE) modernization program will be developed with $4 million of the appropriations – designed and produced in Buffalo and stationed at the Nellis Test and Training Range in Nevada for military training.  Of the remaining $2 million, mobile Multi-spectral Threat Emitter Simulators (MTES) will be made, again in Buffalo, for use by the Unites States Navy and for East Coast training grounds.  These systems allow for vital training for aircrew and pilots against an assortment of combat threats through simulating Surface-to-Air Missiles and mobile man portable air defense systems (MANPADS).  By helping the pilots to recognize and defend themselves from the risks of combat, these simulators will better protect them when flying into real dangerous zones.
The Senate must consider its version of Defense Appropriations for Fiscal Year 2007.  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. 

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