Today Congresswoman Ann Marie Buerkle (NY-25) and Congressman Bill Owens (NY-23) announced that funding for the United States Army's Lightweight Counter Mortar Radar System (LCMR) was reinstated as part of the FY2012 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA).
Earlier this year, the United States Senate Armed Services and Appropriations Committees removed all funding for procurement of the Army's LCMR systems from the President's FY2012 budget. Representatives Buerkle and Owens requested that this critical funding be restored in a November 3, 2011 letter to the Chairs and Ranking Members of the House Committee on Armed Services and Appropriations Subcommittee on Defense.
"I am pleased to have worked with Congresswoman Buerkle to secure funding for the Lightweight Counter Mortar Radar in this year's Defense Authorization," said Owens (D-NY). "The LCMR is a proven system helping to keep soldiers, like those deployed with the 10th Mountain Division, safe from harm. As a Member of the Armed Services Committee, I look forward to continued efforts to ensure the men and women overseas have everything they need to complete the mission and return home safely to their families."
"Funding for LCMR is critical to protecting our country and providing our men and women in uniform with the resources they need to carry out their mission. As an outside conferee for the FY2012 Defense Authorization Act, I was able to fight for this funding in a bipartisan manner alongside my colleague, Representative Owens, a standing Member of the House Armed Services Committee," said Rep. Buerkle (R-NY) "With funding for LCMR restored we have taken the necessary steps to keep our troops safe and protected valuable jobs throughout the country, including hundreds in my own district."
Invented by Syracuse Research Corporation (SRC) and manufactured by SRCTec, LCMR is a digitally connected mortar rocket locating system that is used to detect, locate, and report enemy indirect firing systems.