Washington, DC—Today, Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-27) announced that $10.5 million in federal funding for defense projects will be going to the 27th District of New York. Funding will be divided between DRS-Electronic Warfare Network Systems (EWNS), NanoDynamics, the Calspan-UB Research Center (CUBRC), and Carwell Products. Passed last night, the funding was included in the Defense Appropriations conference report for Fiscal Year 2007.
“This funding is great news for our burgeoning defense industry in Western New York,” said Congressman Higgins. “The crucial contributions that these companies are making to both Western New York and to our Armed Forces are impressive. They are playing a critical and relevant role in our nation’s defense and military preparedness. I am proud to represent a district that serves as home to these institutions, employing hundreds of Western New Yorkers, and making an impact all over the world.”
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. DRS-EWNS will receive $2.6 million in funding for their Air Force Unmanned Threat Emitter (UMTE) modernization program and $1.3 million for development of Multi-spectral Threat Emitter Simulators (MTES) for use by the Navy.
NanoDynamics, located on Buffalo’s Outer Harbor, will receive $2 million in funding for a portable SOFC (Solid Oxide Fuel Cell)/JP-8 demonstrator, which will develop a light, safe, reliable, and cost-effective power source that will increase the soldier of the future’s tactical sustainability and survivability. CUBRC, also based in Buffalo, will use the $1 million it received for the establishment of a National Center for Information Fusion Research, which will provide our nation’s defense, intelligence, and homeland security communities a single point of access to world-class researchers and scientists who have distinguished themselves in this discipline.
Finally, Carwell Products, located in Cheektowaga, NY, will receive $1.8 million for their Army and Marine Corps Corrosion Prevention (CPS) Program, and $1.8 for their USMC Corrosion Prevention and Control (CPAC) Program, increasing the life and reliability of the military vehicles soldiers rely on in the field.
The Defense Appropriations conference report for Fiscal Year 2007 will now be sent to the President for signature.