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DEFENSE FUNDS OK'D FOR COUNTY.



Byline: Joseph Giordono Staff Writer

SIMI VALLEY Simi Valley (sē`mē, sĭm`ē), city (1990 pop. 100,217), Ventura co., SW Calif. in an oil, fruit, and farm region; laid out 1887, inc. 1969.  - An estimated $250 million in funding for Ventura County-based defense projects became a reality Wednesday when President Clinton signed the fiscal 2000-01 Defense Appropriations Act.

The funds will go for two new C-130 aircraft to help fight forest fires This is a list of notorious forest fires: North America

Year Size Name Area Notes
1825 3,000,000 acres (12,000 kmĀ²) Miramichi Fire New Brunswick Killed 160 people.
, upgraded electronic communications equipment for Navy planes and to purchase a battlefield troop defense system from a company in Simi Valley.

``This is a culmination of much hard work by myself, the Air National Guard and the Ventura County community,'' Rep. Elton Gallegly Elton W. Gallegly (born March 7 1944), an American politician, has been a Republican member of the United States House of Representatives since 1987, currently representing the 24th District of California (map). , R-Oxnard, said in a statement. ``The citizens and elected officials have been true leaders on this and other issues with Ventura County's military bases.''

The two new C-130s, costing $208 million, will be used by the Air National Guard and Army Reserves to fight wildfires throughout California and the West. Air National Guard officials said planes now being used to fight fires are more than 20 years old.

The spending package includes $23 million in electronic communications upgrades for the Navy's EA-6B aircraft, stationed at the Naval Air Weapons Center at Point Mugu.

The equipment will be manufactured by Northrop Grumman Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE: NOC) is an aerospace and defense conglomerate that is the result of the 1994 purchase of Grumman by Northrop. The company is the third largest defense contractor for the U.S.  at its facility at Point Mugu.

The bill also provides $12 million to purchase another order of the Shortstop Electronic Protection System, manufactured by Condor Systems in Simi Valley. The system provides defense against incoming artillery and mortar shells, and has been field-tested in Bosnia, Kosovo and the Persian Gulf Persian Gulf, arm of the Arabian Sea, 90,000 sq mi (233,100 sq km), between the Arabian peninsula and Iran, extending c.600 mi (970 km) from the Shatt al Arab delta to the Strait of Hormuz, which links it with the Gulf of Oman. .

Nationally, the Defense Appropriations Act provides for a 3.7 percent military pay raise, increases in subsistence subsistence,
n the state of being supported or remaining alive with a minimum of essentials.
 and housing allowances, pharmacy benefits for military retirees on Medicare and the elimination of health care co-payments for the families of active-duty troops.
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Date:Aug 11, 2000
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